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News and notes from Tuesday's practice: Taliaferro ready to compete

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News and notes from Tuesday's practice: Taliaferro ready to compete

OWINGS MILLS – News and notes from Tuesday’s Ravens practice, their last before Thursday’s preseason home game against the Saints:

-Lardarius Webb was back on the practice field after tweaking his hamstring Monday.

That’s a good sign for the Ravens, who hope to open this season with both starting corners, Webb and Jimmy Smith, healthy. 

-Backup quarterback Matt Schaub talked about his interceptions.

Schaub has thrown more than a few picks during practices. But Schaub met with the media Tuesday, and said some of those interceptions came from taking chances he would not take during games.

“You never what them (interceptions)” Schaub said. “This time of year, you want to test things. You want to see who’s going to be able to separate, who’s going to make plays, test yourself. You don’t want things to be completely easy.”

Schaub is expected to play a lot Thursday night. It will be interesting to see how he performs in his first live action as the Ravens’ backup quarterback. 

-Tuesday’s practice was more of a jog-through than full speed. 

Coach John Harbaugh wants players fresh for Thursday night. Those who did not practice Tuesday included defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Don’t expect to see Perriman on the field Thursday, after missing his 10th straight practice. 

-Backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is embracing his battle with Buck Allen to be the No. 2 back.

Taliaferro reported to training camp leaner and quicker, knowing his playing time will be earned.

 “Going into every year, you’ve always got to compete,” Taliaferro said. “When I first got here, coach Harbaugh made that very clear – at every position you got to compete. Guys go from third string to first string very quickly, whether it’s injury or whatever it is. You just have to be ready for your opportunity.”

The battle between Allen and Taliaferro will likely extend throughout the preseason. Both are playing well, which is good for the Ravens’ depth behind Forsett.

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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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