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McKinnie has to earn job back

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McKinnie has to earn job back

Well, one thing seems to be clear with the Bryant McKinnie situationthe Ravens wont be handing him his job back just because he's back.
McKinnie came to camp Sunday after missing the first few days, apparently following a fall at his house that strained his back. Hes not practicing yet, and Michael Oher moved over to his left tackle spot, and it seems that, at least for now, hell be staying there.
My first thought right now is going to be competition, coach John Harbaugh said when asked how hes going to solve the left tackle and offensive line situation. We are going to put the best five guys out there, and it has become a competition.
Its an interesting move by Harbaugh and one that also sends a bit of a message to the team. McKinnie will have a shot to get his job back, but hes going to have to earn it.
The question iscan he do it? And if McKinnie cant, what happens to him?
As we wrote the other night, Oher, whose natural position is left tackle, might be really ready to play there full-time. Hes struggled at times at that spot in his first few years before the Ravens moved him over to right tackle last year. But he did play well at left tackle often enough.
Now, hes in his fourth year, a player with more experience, and if hes ready to go, this whole situation might have just opened the door for Oher to take the job back for good.
Harbaugh and the coaching staff love good old-fashioned competition. It makes players or at least it should make them-- play their best to earn a starting spot or some kind of job. Theyre pushing McKinnie a bit here, and its going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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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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