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Graham turns the corner

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Graham turns the corner

The Ravens signed free agent Corey Graham to give the special teams unit a boost, but in the early days of training camp, the former Bears defensive back is also showing he could be a factor in the secondary.

Graham, a former fifth-round draft pick of the Bears, spent five seasons in Chicago and evolved into a special teams ace. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer last season, and the Ravens viewed him as a major addition for a unit that struggled last season.

He is a dominant kickoff-cover guy. He is going to make a big difference on our coverage teams, coach John Harbaugh said when Graham was signed. But, he is also a heck of a corner. He wanted an opportunity to expand his role on defense, too. We've got a history of that here.

Graham is working to earn that role, too.

Graham, who turned 27 last week, spent extra time at the Under Armour Performance Center this summer, working with some of the Ravens defensive backs to learn a new system. He has made some notable plays in the secondary in the early going, including an interception return touchdown after he stepped in front of a pass from Joe Flacco on Saturday.

The secondary is already crowded, with both starting corners Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams back and with a healthy Jimmy Smith competing for time as well. But Graham, who recorded three interceptions last season and has four in his career could very well find a spot on the field as a nickel or dime back.

We've played him at corner, we've also played him at the nickel spot now, and he's learned the nickel, and I've also told him to learn backup safety, defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.

You've always got to have those guys that are flexible, Pees said, adding, it's early, but he's had a good camp."

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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