OWINGS MILLS – A big game against the Ravens last year helped put Joe Morgan on Baltimore’s radar.
The Ravens signed Morgan on Wednesday, hoping his speed will help ease the sting of losing wide receiver Steve Smith (Achilles injury) for the season. Playing for the Saints last year on Monday Night Football, Morgan burned the Ravens for a 67-yard run on an end-around, and caught a 62-yard completion from Drew Brees.
That big-play ability at wide receiver is something the Ravens need, and Morgan believes he can provide it, particularly playing with a strong-armed quarterback like Joe Flacco.
“I’m playing (in New Orleans) with a Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees, and yet come up here, you’re playing with a guy like Joe Flacco, which you can say in the same sense is a Hall of Fame-type quarterback. There’s no fall off at all. He’s going to be there, available for me if I need questions or help with any of the things that the offense entails.”
Morgan wants to be more than just a deep threat.
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“I can run with the best of them,” Morgan said. “I’ve been saying it my whole career, I want to be labeled more than just a speed receiver. I’m trying to work on all my routes, everything on the route tree. Learning the offense fast is going to help me get on the field and be able to contribute.
“There’s no (Ravens) game on Sunday. It’s a bye week. That essentially gives me like 10 days to learn this offense. I don’t think it’s going to take me that long.”
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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