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Leach clears the way

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Leach clears the way

Vonta Leachs job with the Ravens doesnt generate a whole lot of publicity. It probably never will, unless he gets a penalty.
But theres no question that the Ravens need him.
Leach is a fullback whose main job is to block for Ray Rice and help the running back gain as many yards and cause as much damage as possible. Rice led the NFL with 2,068 yards of total offense plus a franchise record of 15 touchdowns.
Leach was a big reason for that, and its why he made the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. The Ravens are hoping for more of the same this year.
He is a veteran leader, said Ravens coach John Harbaugh last week when talking to the media at training camp. He embodies that physical presence...and he does keep everyone loose. Hes a leader. Hes a teacher. He knows football.
The 6-foot, 260-pound back is a crushing blocker who really opens holes for Riceand anyone else who runs back there. Leach wont get the ball much, and he knows it.
In fact, theres an interesting note in the Ravens media guys that talked about how Leach established career highs with 4 carries for 12 yards in the 24-10 victory in game 12 at the Browns last year.
That tells you what his job is.
Leach is someone whos needed badly by the Ravens on offense. This year, he should be even better, because he and Rice are more on the same page after playing one season together. Hes a bull who knows how open holes and open them often.
But hes also good in the locker room. As Harbaugh said, hes a leader with a great personality. Just like someone whos a very good blocker, thats something which wont show up in a box score.
However, its something that every team needs.
Hes been great for the guys, Harbaugh said.

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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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