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Ravens DE Urban cleared for return to practice, moves closer to debut

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Ravens DE Urban cleared for return to practice, moves closer to debut

Ravens second-year defensive end Brent Urban, who has missed the entire season with a torn biceps, has been cleared to practice, the team announced Monday. Urban has been removed from the injured list – designated to return, where he had been after suffering the injury during training camp. The Ravens have a 21-day window to activate Urban, or he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Injuries have plagued Urban since the Ravens drafted him in the fourth round last year. He suffered a torn ACL during training camp last year and missed his entire rookie season. However, the Ravens are intrigued by Urban’s size (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) and potential.  Assuming he stays healthy, Urban is expected to become part of the defensive line rotation.

“I don’t know if you’d say Brent Urban is going to be some kind of premier pass rusher,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. “Maybe he’ll develop into that, and we’ll all be excited. But he’s going to pressure the quarterback. He’s going to get pushback. He’s going to get knockback. He’s going to create problems just because of his leverage and size, and he’s going to be definitely hard to throw the ball around. I think if nothing else, at the very least, he’s going to get batted balls, and that’s going to be good for us. He’s such a young player. We’re going to have to find out what kind of player he is once he gets out there and gets going again.”

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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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