PHILADELPHIA – The Ravens will conclude three days of joint practices with the Eagles on Friday. The workout, starting at 11:30 a.m., is expected to be more like a walkthrough, with both teams saving their bodies for Saturday night’s preseason game in Philadelphia.
Here’s what’s happening:
- Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin is getting good work this week:
Melvin could be an important player for the Ravens this season, with Lardarius Webb (hamstring) continuing to miss practice time. Melvin’s toughness, long arms and cover skills make him a candidate to replace Webb in the lineup if necessary.
- The Ravens are using this week for team bonding, not just for practice.
The Ravens didn’t go away for training camp, but they will play five of their first seven games on the road. That includes two trips to the West coast, where the Ravens will twice spend an entire week on the road. Ravens coach John Harbaugh views this trip to Philadelphia as the start of building a road warrior mentality. Players are spending time together and building bonds that Harbaugh believes will make the team closer.
“To me, it’s kind of a practice run,” Harbaugh said. “It’s good for everybody – the video guys, the training guys, the weight room guys – but also coaches and players just get a chance to be away from home and be together and see how we’ll work together. (We have to) just make sure we like each other enough to be on the road together. So far, so good.”
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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.
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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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