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Lewis emerging as key figure in Ravens secondary

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Lewis emerging as key figure in Ravens secondary

As the Ravens await word on the severity of Matt Elam’s biceps injury, the offseason acquisition of safety Kendrick Lewis looks even more important.

Lewis is expected to start at free safety, and now Will Hill looks even more likely to start at strong safety. Elam, who opened training camp competing with Hill, will undergo an MRI on Sunday and could be lost for the season or for a significant period, according to the Baltimore Sun. Elam suffered his biceps injury during Saturday’s practice.

If Lewis and Hill emerge as the starting safety tandem, Lewis will be relied upon for leadership in the secondary. Lewis has five years of NFL experience with the Chiefs and Texans, and he has 66 career starts. Lewis signed a three-year contract with the Ravens in March – an acquisition that largely flew under the radar during free agency. However, Lewis already looks at home in the Ravens secondary, calling out coverage and directing teammates into the right position.

“He’s just very definitive,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees of Lewis. “He’s not wishy-washy.  Boom, I make the call, we play it, I like that. That’s what you want back there. You want guys to make decisions, make the call, get everybody lined up, and let’s go. When there’s indecisiveness, especially if you see guys looking around for a call or something like that, that’s not good on defense. So, I really like the way he’s playing right now.”

The Ravens opened last season with Darian Stewart starting at free safety, but he was a disappointment and was not re-signed. Elam also struggled last season at strong safety, and Pees tried many different safety combinations, looking for a consistent duo.

Asked if he would rather rotate safeties, or have a set tandem, Pees quickly said, “I’d like to have two guys. We rotated because we had to rotate.”

With Elam injured, and second-year safety Terrence Brooks (knee) on the PUP list, it looks like Lewis and Hill will be the safeties relied on most heavily.

 

 

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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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