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Jernigan not the only one expecting big season from him

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Jernigan not the only one expecting big season from him

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan has a chance to make a splash next season. Haloti Ngata has been traded. The Ravens need younger playmakers to emerge along the defensive line.

Enter Jernigan, who is expected to earn a starting job during training camp. Kevin Patra of NFL.com has targeted Jernigan as a player who will make a major leap in 2015.

Jernigan would agree. He told me after last season that he expected to make the Pro Bowl - soon. Jernigan respected Ngata and learned from him. But Jernigan is also relishing the opportunity for a bigger role.

Jernigan isn’t cocky, but he’s confident. What he’ll need to be is more consistent. With his quickness and strength, he’ll make splash plays, like dropping running back in the backfield and chasing down quarterbacks for sacks. But will Jernigan be more disciplined defending the run, like defensive line teammate Brandon Williams? Will Jernigan be more durable and avoid nagging injuries that caused him to miss five games last season

With Ngata and linebacker Pernell McPhee (Bears) gone, the Ravens are minus two defensive stalwarts from last season. They’re counting on Jernigan to help pick up the slack.

In 2014, Jernigan showed his potential. When training camp begins, Jernigan’s job will be to prove he’s ready for more.

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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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