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Pitta takes next step, returns to practice with Ravens

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Pitta takes next step, returns to practice with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is returning to practice Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh said. For Pitta, returning to practice was the next step in his attempt to resume his career, following two major hip injuries since 2013.

Pitta missed all but four games in 2013 after fracturing his hip during training camp. Then Pitta re-injured his hip in Week 3 of 2014 on a non-contact play, and he has not played since. He was placed on the PUP list prior to training camp.

Harbaugh cautioned that returning to practice for Pitta did not mean an imminent return to the lineup. However, Pitta clearly wants to return to the NFL, despite two major hip surgeries since 2013. Pitta has been seen running pass routes on game days during pre-game warmups, but the daily grind of practice will be another test for Pitta’s hip. 

“It’s Dennis’ decision, along with his family,”Harbaugh said prior to Wednesday's practice.  “He’s going to see how he feels out there, and how he responds. He’s been working very hard.

“I wouldn’t make too much of it. Especially for this week. Don’t get carried away. Probably the bigger thing is how he feels today, tomorrow, the day after that after practicing.”

The Ravens have drafted three tight ends since 2014 – Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Nick Boyle – knowing that Pitta’s future was uncertain. However, Pitta is still only 30 years old, and helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl in 2012, his last full season, with 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.

Harbaugh said Pitta deserved credit for how hard he has worked in his attempt to come back.

“I’m just happy for Dennis, happy that he’ll be out here doing what he loves to do,” Harbaugh said. “When you put the kind of work he’s put in, and you see what he’s done every single day. Wherever it goes, we’ll see. But I’m just really uplifted for him.” 

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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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