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Projecting the 53-man roster heading into camp

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Projecting the 53-man roster heading into camp

With the Ravens holding their first training camp workout Thursday, I’m taking a pre-camp stab at predicting their 53-man roster for Week 1. Teams must get down to 75 players by Sept. 1, and to 53 players by Sept. 5. 

Here’s my 53-player projection heading into camp.  Competition and injuries will change several spots moving forward.

Quarterbacks (2) - Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub (cut: Jerry Lovelocke, Bryn Renner)

Comment: No QB controversy in Baltimore.

Running backs (3) - Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro (cut: Terrence Magee, Fitz Touissant)

Comment: Forsett's the No. 1 guy, with Allen and Taliaferro battling to back him up.

Fullbacks (1) - Kyle Juszczyk (cut: Kiero Small)

Comment: Juszczyk's ability as a blocker and pass-catcher is valuable.

Wide receivers: (7) - Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller (cut: Daniel Brown, DeAndre Carter, Aldrick Robinson, Cam Worthy)

Comment: This could be the most heated position battle of camp.

Tight ends (3) - Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle (PUP: Dennis Pitta, cut: Konrad Reuland, Allen Reisner)

Comment: Gillmore and Williams vie for role as top pass-catching TE.

Offensive linemen: (9) – Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, Rick Wagner, John Urschel, James Hurst, Robert Myers, Ryan Jensen (cut: Jah Reid, Darryl Baldwin, Leon Brown, Blaine Clausell, Nick Easton, Kaleb Johnson, Marcel Jones, De’Ondre Wesley

Comment: The starting offensive line returns intact.

Defensive linemen (7) – Chris Canty, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban, Carl Davis, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Lawrence Guy (cut: De’Angelo Tyson, Steven Means, Christo Bilukidi, Casey Walker)

Comment: Urban could push Canty for starting role.

Outside linebackers (4) – Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw, Za’Darius Smith (cut: Brennen Beyer, Zach Thompson)

Comment: Can another pass rusher emerge to help Suggs and Dumervil?

Inside linebackers (4) – C. J. Mosley, Daryl Smith, Albert McClellan, Zach Orr (cut: Arthur Brown, Andrew Bose)

Comment: Brown needs to step up to earn role in his third year.

Cornerbacks (6) – Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson, Tray Walker, Cassius Vaughn, (cut: Chris Greenwood, Tramain Jacobs, Rashaan Melvin, Quinton Pointer)

Comment: Can the Ravens stay healthier and deeper at this position?

Safeties (4) – Kendrick Lewis, Will Hill, Matt Elam, Anthony Levine  (PUP: Terrence Brooks, cut: Brynden Trawick, Nick Perry)

Comment: Hill and Elam will have competitive camp battle.

Specialists (3) - Justin Tucker (K), Sam Koch (P), Morgan Cox (LS) (cut: Justin Manton, Patrick Scales)

Comment: Tucker and Koch are among the NFL's best.

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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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