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Pitta remains optimistic about recovery

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Pitta remains optimistic about recovery

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta remains optimistic that he can return to the field this fall, but said he is dealing with "uncharted waters" as he tries to return from his second major hip injury in as many seasons.

Speaking with 105.7 The Fan on Friday to promote his role in a charity softball game this weekend -- no he isn't playing, he's just the manager -- Pitta said of his recovery: "I'm doing well. It's a process, so I'm taking it one step at a time and doing everything that is asked of me from a training standpoint, and we'll see where we're at in a few months."

Pitta is trying to return to action this fall after missing almost all of last season with a fractured and dislocated hip suffered in the Week 3 game at Cleveland when he crumpled to the ground without being hit. Pitta had initially fractured the hip in training camp in 2013, which cost him most of that season.

Pitta has been present at the Ravens OTA workouts the past two weeks, but he has been limited to individual drills and some pass catching and agility drills off to the side.

"Dennis is out there for about half the practice, and he’s doing a nice job, too, so we’re not counting him out at all," coach John Harbaugh said after Wednesday's workout.

When Pitta suffered his first hip injury, he was sidelined for about five months; the injury occurred in July, the Ravens placed him on injured reserve-designated to return, and he returned for the final four games of that season.  The Ravens then re-signed Pitta to a five-year, $32 million deal ($16 million guaranteed) last offseason.

But Pitta, who turns 30 this month, told 105.7 The Fan that, "With these injuries, there's no real schedule. There's just not a lot of research on it, there's not a lot of information on it, so we're kind of wading through uncharted waters here. I'd love to say that I'm ahead of schedule but we just don't know.

"I'm feeling good, I'm feeling optimistic about where I'm at in my recovery, but obviously it's still a long journey and we'll continue to work hard."

If Pitta returns, the Ravens will get back one of their top offensive weapons and one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets. Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, his last full season. But the Ravens obviously are preparing for the possibility that Pitta cannot return, as they drafted two tight ends this year -- Maxx Williams in the second round and Nick Boyle in the fifth.

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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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