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Ravens add three players

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Ravens add three players

The Ravens signed a pair of former Oakland Raiders linebackers Thursday, adding to the mix of players competing for rosters spots at the team's signature position.

They also signed an offensive guard, but it wasn't Eric Steinbach, a former mainstay for the Cleveland Browns, who worked out for the Ravens Tuesday in Owings Mills.

The guard they did sign was Cord Howard, 25, who was out of the NFL last season after playing for the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2010.

The linebackers signed by the Ravens Wednesday were Darryl Blackstock, 29, who has played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals as well as the Raiders; and Ricky Brown, 28, who has spent most of his career with the Raiders.

If one or both of the linebackers make the Ravens' 53-man roster, they likely will be expected to help on special teams as well as provide depth at linebacker.

With the three signings, the Ravens now have the maximum 90 players on their roster as training camp begins. If they want to add another veteran such as Steinbach, they would have to make a cut.

Blackstock, who played his college ball at Virginia, recorded 20 tackles for the Raiders in 2011. He played in the UFL in 2010.

Brown is the more accomplished of the linebackers. After making the Raiders' roster as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2006, he worked his way into the team's defensive rotation, primarily as a reserve, although he did make 13 starts between 2006 and 2010. He signed with the New England Patriots last year, but was cut and returned to the Raiders. But he spent most of the season on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion early in the season.

In six NFL seasons, Brown has recorded 102 tackles and three forced fumbles.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Tuesday that the team had worked out several linebackers along with Steinbach, who is trying to play his way back into the NFL after sitting out the 2011 season with a back injury. He remains unsigned.

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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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