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No real surprises in Ravens' final moves

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No real surprises in Ravens' final moves

The Ravens did pretty much what most expected when they made their final cuts on Friday. A few small surprises, maybe one bigger one, but nothing that would gain a lot of attention.
Three of the bigger questions in the final part of the summer had to do with the quarterbacks, kickers and defensive backs, specifically Omar Brown, who showed a real nose for the ball during the exhibition games.
The Ravens and coach John Harbaugh clearly have liked Tyrod Taylor since he's joined the team as the back-up quarterback. They went with two last year and, despite bringing in former Indy back-up Curtis Painter, the Ravens will stick with two once more and go with Taylor in that spot. That's a bit of a gamble, especially if starter Joe Flacco gets hurt, but sometimes you have to make decisions like that.
Some wondered if Painter might have an inside track on the No. 2 spot because quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell used to be his coach when both were with the Colts. But that wasn't the case at all.
The kicking situation's been well-documented this week. It was easy to see that rookie Justin Tucker gained momentum on veteran Billy Cundiff as time went on. That probably was the biggest surprise of camp-- the fact that the coaches made that move.
Many seemed to be rooting for Brown, who kept finding a way to make plays in a game, getting four turnovers. But it just didn't pan out as the team let him go Friday. That's got to be considered something of a mild surprise.
The question now is what happens now. Harbaugh even said when talking to the media Friday that "you know in this league it is very fluid." It will be interesting to see if they make any last-second moves before the season opener like the Redskins did when then cut kicker Graham Gano after he appeared to win the job.
It's also going to be interesting to see who winds up on the practice squad. Will any of the cuts end up there-- or with other teams? Everything's not done just yet.

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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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