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McPhee gives Ravens pleasant surprise

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McPhee gives Ravens pleasant surprise

One of the nicer aspects of the NFL draft is that it sometimes brings a pleasant surprise. The Ravens got one of those in 2011 with Pernell McPhee. McPhee was a fifth-round pick last spring.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end came from Mississippi State gave the Ravens plenty of help up front, much like Paul Kruger, finishing with six sacks and 23 tackles while playing in all 18 games. When a low-round draft pick gives a team a rookie season like that, the folks who handle the draft are probably smiling a bit. McPhee was solid throughout the season and should probably do even better in 2012 and looks to be on pace to become a force on the defensive line. What makes McPhees story more impressive is the fact that he played just one year of high school football, something his college defensive coordinator talked about with USA TODAY last spring. His best football is ahead of him, said Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson in the article.

This is not a guy who has been playing since he was seven years old. I believe Pernell will be a solid NFL player with his size and athleticism. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay didnt appear as sold on McPhee in that article. McShay said that McPhee showed some positives, especially when it came to his strength and ability to take on blockers outside. But McShay still said that McPhee is never going to be a great pass rusher. Oops. The success of McPhee and Kruger leave the Ravens with an interesting question in the off-season. They definitely want more help in the pass-rushing game to give Terrell Suggs and others a hand.

The pass rush slipped a bit in the final part of 2011. But can McPhee and Kruger step up another level and become solid regular guys who pressure the opposing quarterbacks? Or is it too soon to expect that? McPhee really looked strong at times, very quick, agile and tough to block. If he can carry that forward, his second year could be even better than his first.

 

 

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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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