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Kindle keeps his spot on final roster


Kindle keeps his spot on final roster

And now there are 53.

Pushing their official announcement to the 9 p.m. ET deadline, the Ravens pared down the roster Friday, and there weren't any major surprises now that the preseason is over.

But the most notable move they didn't make is in keeping linebacker Sergio Kindle.

Cut: RB Anthony Allen, QB Curtis Painter, S Omar Borwn, LB Josh Bynes, LB Nigel Carr, GT Jack Cornell, WR Dorian Graham, GT Cord Howard, T Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, T Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, G Antoine McClain, DE Terrence Moore, WR Logan Payne, S Cyhl Quarles and LB Chavis Williams.

Injured reserve: TE Matt Balasavage, RB Damien Berry, GC Justin Boren, LB Ricky Brown, TE Bruce Figgins and WR Tommy Streeter.

The contract of GC Tony Wragge was terminated.

Kindle, who Harbaugh said earlier in the week that he wasn't a lock, might be a mild surprise to some but shouldn't be. His performance in the preseason finale vs. the St. Louis Rams could not have helped his chances. But the fact is Kindle, drafted two years ago in the second round, has played in just two games in two seasons. A skull fracture ended his rookie season before it began and even though Kindle has yet to produce the Ravens are giving him another chance because of his potential and a high pick was used to get him.

This also means that the Ravens will only carry two quarterbacks as Tyrod Taylor beat out Painter for the backup job, and undrafted rookies Bobby Rainey and Deonte Thompson are on the team.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said that versatility would be the key for backups to make the roster.

A receiverreturner, Thompson had three kick returns and averaged 31 yards per return vs. the Rams. His longest of the preseason was 63 yards and he averaged 39.8 per return. Both marks were the best on the team.

Rainey proved to be an effective receiver out of the backfield and will be third on the depth chart.

Berry was injured during Thursday's game vs. the Rams even though the team didn't report it. It appeared that it was his shoulder area as athletic trainers worked on him afterwards.

Still, that wasn't enough to save Allen, who was thoroughly outplayed by Rainey and Berry.

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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.