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Numbers game: Our Ravens mock 53-man roster

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Numbers game: Our Ravens mock 53-man roster

The preseason is half over now, and the Ravens have less than two weeks before their 90-man roster must be slashed to 53. The initial cutdown to 75 players must be done by Sept. 1, with all teams down to 53 players by Sept. 5.

After two preseason games, here's our latest guess at the Ravens 'final' 53-man roster. (And 'final' is always a misnomer; the Ravens have been known to make a roster move the day after the so-called final roster is set.)

QUARTERBACK (2): Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub

Bryn Renner has had some great moments in the preseason, but the Ravens aren’t keeping three quarterbacks, and Schaub being the veteran gets the edge.

RUNNING BACK (5): Buck Allen, Justin Forsett, Kyle Juszczyk, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrence Magee

Taliaferrio’s MCL sprain probably means the Ravens will keep another running back, at least for a few weeks. That opens the door for Magee or Fitzgerald Toussaint. Magee has had the edge this camp, and coach John Harbaugh said Magee would get a look as a kick returner this week. 

WIDE RECEIVER (6): Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Breshad Perriman, Steve Smith Sr., Darren Waller

Waller, the 6-foot-6 rookie sixth-round pick, has come on of late, and he would not get through waivers to the practice squad if they tried to cut him and stash him there. Jeremy Butler gets squeezed out but could head to the practice squad. DeAndre Carter has dropped his chance with two bungled kick returns.

TIGHT ENDS (3): Nick Boyle, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams

With Dennia Pitta on the PUP list, this group is young but promising.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): James Hurst, Ryan Jensen, Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jah Reid, John Urschel, Rick Wagner, Marshal Yanda, Jeremy Zuttah

The starting five is expected to be a strength of the team, but injuries to Osemele (Achilles), Wagner (recovering from foot surgery), Urschel (concussion), Reid (back) and Hurst (concussion) suddenly leave depth questions. Ryan Jensen played every offensive snap against the Eagles, alternating between guard and tackle. And he can play center, too. The bet here is that he makes the team, and rookie guard Robert Myers heads to injured reserve.  

DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Chris Canty, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy, Timmy Jernigan, DeAngelo Tyson, Brandon Williams.

Tyson and Kapron Lewis-Moore could be competing for a final defensive line spot. Lewis-Moore missed the Eagles game and is running out of time to show the Ravens enough.

LINEBACKER (8): Elvis Dumervil, CJ Mosley, Albert McClellan, Zach Orr, Daryl Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw

Arthur Brown has been coming on of late and was one of the Ravens best players against the Eagles. But McClellan and Orr still have the special teams edge, which is where reserve inside linebackers contribute. Brown's roster spot is essentially taken by an extra running back because of the Taliaferro injury.

CORNERBACK (6): Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker

Webb has not had a good camp, with a failed conditioning test and now a hamstring injury. Jackson makes the team as the leader in an underwhelming kick returner competition.

SAFETY (5): Terrence Brooks, Will Hill, Anthony Levine, Kendrick Lewis, Brynden Trawick

Brooks’ returning from the PUP list bumps undrafted rookie Nick Perry to the practice squad.

SPECIALISTS (3): Morgan Cox, Sam Koch, Justin Tucker

The Ravens are in good hands -- and feet -- here.

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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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