The Ravens signed starting strong safety Will Hill to a two-year deal Thursday, expressing confidence in a talented player with a troubled past. Terms of the contract were not immediately known, but the agreement made it clearer that Hill had earned the organization’s trust. Hill would have been a free agent after the 2015 season.
The Ravens signed Hill before the 2014 season after the Giants had released him and given up on him. Hill served three NFL suspensions during a three-year span, both for performance-enhancing drugs, and for violating the league’s substance policy. The final suspension was a six-game ban at the start of last season.
However, Hill played the final 10 games for the Ravens last season and showed steady improvement. The New Jersey native spent the entire offseason in New Jersey, and reported to minicamp and training camp in terrific shape and playing with confidence. He has won the starting strong safety job, playing opposite free safety Kendrick Lewis. Now at age 25, Hill said he has turned his life around, and was grateful to the Ravens for the opportunity.
“You go to most places and it’s just a business,” Hill said Thursday. “Even though it’s just a business, it’s more family-oriented around here. I have a good rapport with all my coaches, the offensive coaches, too. I talk to (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) every day. Mr. (Steve) Bisciotti (Ravens owner), we have good conversations.
“I was talking to my father. He was like, ‘Look, this is a great fit for you. All that off-the-field stuff, it’s got to go. I know you’ve been doing a great job with it. Keep it up.’ That’s been planted in my head every day.”
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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.
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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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