For left tackle Eugene Monroe, the first step to having a better year would be having a healthier year.
Monroe missed five games last season with knee and ankle issues, and did not start the Ravens’ two playoff games. The Ravens are expecting a bigger contribution in 2015 from a player due to earn $5.5 million next season, and who is signed through 2018.
After reporting to mandatory minicamp in excellent shape, Monroe sounded driven to have his best season since being traded to the Ravens in 2015. When training camp begins in a few weeks, Monroe expects to be in the best shape of his career.
“I have my own trainer, so we developed a program pretty much based on everything I need,” Monroe said after a minicamp practice. “The most you can do is get your body to a point where you’ve done everything under the sun to ensure that you’re strong enough to prevent whatever injury may occur.”
Monroe is a key to the Ravens’ offensive front, still in his prime at age 28, and protecting the blindside of quarterback Joe Flacco. With the starting offensive line returning intact, the unit has the potential to be one of the NFL’s best.
However, Monroe is focusing on results, not expectations. The Jaguars never made the playoffs during Monroe’s four-plus seasons in Jacksonville. Watching from the sidelines during the playoffs in January was a disappointment to Monroe. He wants another chance at the postseason, and next time, he intends to be healthy.
“We have a great group,” Monroe said of the offensive line. “We have everyone back, which is fortunate, so we’re just looking to build and be better than we were last year.”
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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