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:
The team seemingly has openings at both receiver and return specialist, and second-year wide receiver Michael Campanaro should be a candidate for both. But he has been hurt for much of his brief NFL career, and he didn't help his cause when he suffered a quad injury in the first OTA workout this spring and missed all the rest. The receiver competition figures to be intense this camp, and while Campanaro was sidelined this spring, Jeremy Butler made catch after catch, and other receivers also did their best to make a good impression.
At times last year it sounded as if coach John Harbaugh was losing patience with Campanaro and his injury history, so another injury this spring was not what the River Hill High School graduate needed.
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What Campanaro needs to do:
More than anything else, Campanaro needs to show that he can stay healthy. He needs to be on the field in training camp catching balls, showing the speed and hands that can earn him a job as a slot receiver. There were flashes of that last season, with six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown over one three-game span, but then he missed the next seven games with a thigh injury. He then had a career-high four catches in the playoff loss at New England.
Campanaro also must take advantage of his chances as a return specialist. The job is wide-open with Jacoby Jones departing to San Diego. The talent is there in a compact 5-foot-9 frame, but his body needs to hold up.
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
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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