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Jah Reid learns to keep emotions in check


Jah Reid learns to keep emotions in check

In only his second season, Jah Reid has gone from being a backup to a starting role with the Ravens.

Reid, who missed the first seven games because of a calf strain that limited him since the offseason, has had a rocky road en route to playing left guard this season.

The offensive line allowed five sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco in a 16-13 overtime win at the San Diego Chargers last week.

The Ravens got off to a fast start, with Ray Rice running for 16 yards to get them near midfield.

But Reid had an off-start penalty that set the Ravens back to 2nd and 12. The drive stalled, the Ravens punted and never could find a rhythm after that until the third quarter.

“You’re supposed to shed it right away, but I felt pretty terrible about it,” Reid said.

It was just his fourth game and only his second start of this career. Reid replaced Bobbie Williams, a 12-year veteran who has been hampered by an ankle he broke that required surgery last season.

“He’s going to be a heck of a player,” left tackle Michael Oher said. “He’s physical, athletic. It’s been fun watching him get better. He’s going to be great, I believe.”

Reid is the third different starter at left guard. Ramon Harewood began the season as the starter there.

“I tend to get pretty down on myself but luckily I play next to Michael Oher who always picks me up. (Center) Matt Birk tells me not to worry about it just think about the next play,” Reid said. “Playing with these guys, they never break you down, always build you up.”

Learning how to let go takes experience.

“It’s definitely something you have to work on because you don’t want to hurt the team,” Oher said. “You just have to move on. One play doesn’t win or lose you the game.”

Reid appreciates the positive reinforcement. And he tends to respond to it.

“That’s the kind of support I need because I can dwell on a play,” he said. “They tell me to shut it out, forget about it. I’m so thankful for that.”


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


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.