BALTIMORE – My quick takeaways from the Ravens’ practice Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium, before an announced crowd of 22,111:
- Rookie WR Darren Waller had a strong night.
The Ravens drafted Waller in the sixth round because they liked his size (6-foot-6) and potential. He is showing both. Waller made several nice catches, and showed agility coming out of breaks. The last couple of roster spots at wide receiver will be extremely tough decisions for the coaching staff.
- Rookie tight end Maxx Williams also did well.
He dropped what should have been a touchdown catch, but Williams got open and make several other grabs. The Ravens would love to see Williams make more plays, and look ready to make an immediate impact Week 1 in Denver.
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- Backup quarterback Matt Schaub did not have his best night.
Schaub threw into coverage on several occasions, and he has not shown the arm strength during camp to get away with throwing into coverage. As durable as Joe Flacco has been as a starting quarterback, Schaub’s performance may not matter. But an significant injury to Flacco still looks like it would be extremely difficult for the Ravens to overcome.
- Justin Tucker booted a 64-yard field goal.
Tucker’s range might be even longer than last season. He looks ready once again to make clutch kicks whenever called upon.
Elvis Dumervil (Achilles tendonitis) and Breshad Perriman (knee) missed their fourth consecutive practice. Wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) missed practice, as did cornerbacks Chris Greenwood, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker.
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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