In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. Over a span of 10 days CSNBaltimore.com is ranking the top 10 Ravens who are under pressure heading into training camp. Check back daily to see who is next in our countdown.
Why the pressure is on:
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw's play this year will have a lot to do with what his next contract looks like. The Ravens' first pick in the 2012 draft (second round), Upshaw's rookie contract expires this year, and he is set to become a free agent next spring. Upshaw has seen fellow Ravens linebackers Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Pernell McPhee fly the coop and land big-money paydays via free agency. Upshaw knows he could be next. But all three of those players put up some decent sack numbers, which tend to drive up the price, and that's not something Upshaw has done. He has primarily served as a run-down specialist, giving way to Elvis Dumervil on passing downs. Upshaw has a total of three sacks in three seasons and had none last year. (A crunching sack of Ben Roethlisberger was waved off because of a roughing-the-passer call.)
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What Upshaw needs to do:
Upshaw needs to show he can be a three-down player and pass rusher. The Ravens have always liked him as an unheralded, edge-setting, run-stopper, and it would be a surprise to see him taken out of that role. But if Upshaw wants to be more of a factor in the passing game, he needs to show he has the stamina and the quickness to stay on the field on third down, fight off a block and get to the quarterback. With McPhee gone to the Bears, Upshaw could have that chance. His ability to take advantage of it could be very valuable -- to the Ravens this year, and to his bank account next year.
The Rest of the List:
No. 10 Kyle Juszcyzk
No. 9 Crockett Gillmore
No. 8 Will Hill
No. 7 Chris Canty
No. 6 Eugene Monroe
No. 5 Asa Jackson
No. 4 Michael Campanaro
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.
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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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