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Praise for 'versatile' Graham

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Praise for 'versatile' Graham

A minor war of words broke out when the Ravens three unit coordinators met with reporters after Thursdays training camp practice.

No, they werent talking trash. (I might pay to see that.)

They were seemingly, if unwittingly, competing to see who could say nicer things about Corey Graham, the Ravens new defensive back and special teams specialist.

We are really pleased with him, defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. Im just really, really pleased with where he is right now.

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said, Hes such an experienced veteran, and today is a primary example. The first kickoff repetition that we had during practice was directed at him I was trying to beat him, because the whole design of the play was to beat him and he didnt fall for it. And he called me out right afterwards. So yeah, hes very crafty. Hes good to have in the (meeting) room, too, because he can help a lot of the young players.

Graham, 27, signed with Baltimore during the offseason after spending his first five years in the league with the Chicago Bears. He made it to the Pro Bowl for his special teams play in 2011, and the Ravens recruited him to shore up that area, which was a problem spot for them at times last season. But he changed teams partly because he also wanted to play defense as well as cover kicks, and the Ravens said he could.

During the first week of training camp in Owings Mills, he has had an impact in both areas, immediately becoming one of the cornerstones of the coverage units while also intercepting several passes on defense.

The guy is versatile, Pees said. He has come in and played some corner. We knew he was a real good special teams player. We put him in at nickel. Very smart, very intelligent, love guys like that. Hard worker, doesnt say boo, just goes to work. Told him to learn a little safety; you never know what might happen. We always want to try to have all our bases covered. He does it.

Meanwhile, Rosburg was asked if it seemed Graham had been with the team a lot longer because of the veteran knack he has displayed.

Thats a very good observation, Rosburg said.

When asked about Graham a day earlier, secondary coach Teryl Austin was similarly effusive.

Corey is a really good football player. He has a lot of savvy, great ball skills, understands the game and what youre doing. You see him in the team situations, and he gets around a lot of balls, and when he does, he has the ability to finish, Austin said.

Its hard to say who won the war of words, but its clear the Ravens feel they won by adding Graham.

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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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