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Pierce 'looking to turn heads'


Pierce 'looking to turn heads'

Bernard Pierce, the rookie running back from Temple, admits it took him awhile to start grasping the Ravens playbook this spring after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft.

When I first got here I didnt know right from left, honestly, Pierce said with a smile after Wednesdays training camp practice in Owings Mills. But now that weve been through minicamps, OTAs and the rookies had another minicamp, theyve been instilling the (playbook) installs in us. Im a lot more comfortable with the playbook.

The Ravens have never publicly stated their expectations for Pierce, merely lumping him in with Anthony Allen and Damien Berry as the prime candidates for the job of backing up Ray Rice.

But it goes without saying that the Ravens expect Pierce to earn significant playing time after they moved up in the draft to make him the 84th overall selection. He is a third-round pick (just one round lower than Rice) while Allen was a seventh-round pick in 2011 and Berry joined the team as an undrafted free agent.

But Pierce, who scored 27 touchdowns last season as Temple, is clearly taking nothing for granted.

Everybody (on the team) is trying to get a job, he said. I just need to beat out whoever is in front of me to get that job The other two (Allen and Berry) are really good guys. We already have a friendship, so right now its just competition.

Asked to spell out what he would bring to the job Ricky Williams held last year, Pierce said, Im a downhill, hard-nosed runner. Ive got a knack for the end zone, with a nice combination of speed, quickness and power. Whatever you want me to do for you, I'll get it done.

Williams gained 444 yards on 108 carries last season as the change-of-pace runner in Cam Camerons offense. Then he surprisingly retired, just days after saying he would return in 2012.

The Ravens are definitely looking for one of the younger guys to inherit Williams' role, and Pierce said he is ready to compete.

I look forward to every practice, being able to go out on the field and do my best every day, he said. Im definitely looking to turn heads every day on the practice field.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.