The Ravens moved to fill their biggest need Friday evening when they selected Kelechi Osemele, an offensive lineman from Iowa State, with the 60th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft a second-round selection.
The 6-6, 333-pound Osemele was a left tackle in college but many scouts see him playing guard in the NFL. He presumably will compete with Jah Reid for the Ravens starting left guard slot, which Ben Grubbs vacated when he signed with the New Orleans Saints last month.
I just want to get there and fit in from day one and compete wherever I may, Osemele said in a conference call with Baltimore reporters.
While pleased to land in Baltimore, Osemele said he was disappointed to fall to the middle of the second round and would use that as motivation.
Ill try to prove the naysayers wrong, he said. Hopefully 10 years from now Ill still be there.
Given their needs in the offensive interior the Ravens were linked to other offensive lineman such as Wisconsin center Peter Koz in the months leading up to the draft. When they used their top pick on a defensive player, their need to address the line intensified.
A number of offensive linemen, including Konz, came off the board before the Ravens picked Osemele, but the Ravens still were able to address the need.
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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