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Kindle's last chance

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Kindle's last chance

So why did linebacker Sergio Kindle make the cut, even though his performance to end the preseason left doubt in the minds of some?

He has played only two games in two seasons since being drafted in 2010 in the second round from the University of Texas.

He was flagged for a late hit on the quarterback in the last exhibition game at the St. Louis Rams, sustaining a drive that led to a touchdown for the Rams in the Ravens' 31-17 loss. Coach John Harbaugh made it known before that game that Kindle wasn't a lock to make the 53-man roster.

But he did make. Why?

Aside from being paid less than 500,000 for this season, the Ravens are banking on him to reach the potential he entered the league with before he fractured his skull to miss his entire rookie season. He lost hearing in his left ear because of the head injury.

Linebackers Ray Lewis is 37, Jarret Johnson left as a free agent for San Diego and Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, is out for at least six games while recovering from a torn Achilles.

So the Ravens are relying on Paul Kruger (fourth season) and Albert McClellan (second) in the starting lineup. It's the first time either has played a starting role. They also have rookie Courtney Upshaw, who injured his shoulder in training camp, returned and re-injured it in the preseason finale.

Kindle opened the preseason strong. He recorded four tackles against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Ravens are taking another chance on him. And it'll likely be his last.

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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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