As we wait for the shoes to drop with the decisions on a final roster for the Ravens, lets check in with our former CSNbaltimore.com colleague John Eisenberg, now scribbling for baltimoreravens.com.
Among Eisenbergs observations from Thursdays final preseason game: Kelechi Osemele still has a ways to go. While at right tackle, Osemele lined up opposite the Rams Chris Long, a tough, high-motor defensive lineman. How did it go?
Long is an established veteran, and he gave Osemele fits, Eisenberg wrote, basically pushing him back into several developing plays to blow them up before they started. There has been talk that Osemele might start at guard over Bobbie Williams in the season opener, but his performance against a high-caliber opponent Thursday night didnt appear to lobby for that.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw was another rookie who didnt make a final preseason statement.
He didnt make plays or showcase the ability to pressure a quarterback, and he keeps getting injured. The arc of his first season is not taking off as hoped.
Of the two, whom do the Ravens more urgently need to perform well this season? The knee-jerk answer might be Upshaw, because so much talk has been about getting a pass rusher to fill in for injured Terrell Suggs. But consider the age of the Ravens offensive line and the likelihood that someone will be hurt at some point in the season, necessitating them to rely on depth. That points at Osemele.
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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