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Ravens easy pick as division's mover on offense

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Ravens easy pick as division's mover on offense

ESPN.com sought a consensus among its AFC North reporters about which team has most helped its quarterback thus far this off-season. It wasn’t a hard call.

Everyone agreed that the Ravens, by virtue of drafting wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams, have done more for Joe Flacco than any other team in the division did for its QB.

“You could make an argument that it was the ‘Joe Flacco draft’ for the Ravens this year,” Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said. “Baltimore used six of its nine picks on offensive players. … Flacco got a faster receiver than Torrey Smith when the Ravens selected Breshad Perriman in the first round. He got the draft's best tight end, Maxx Williams, in the second round.”

Coley Harvey, Cincinnati Bengals reporter, said: “The Ravens best helped their quarterback by bringing in the receiver and tight end they needed to complete an offense that ranked second in the AFC North last season and that came in 12th overall.”

That doesn’t mean the Pittsburgh Steelers ignored Ben Roethlisberger. Cleveland Browns reporter Pat McManamon called the Steelers’ additions of receiver Sammie Coates in the draft and the free-agent signing of running back DeAngelo Williams “sound pickups … but it's not like Roethlisberger needed a lot of help.”

Though the Bengals didn’t do much in the draft that will affect their offense this season, Harvey said Cincinnati can view the off-season healing of tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver Marvin Jones as akin to adding veteran free agents.

As for the Browns, “Cleveland still needs a viable quarterback — not to mention receivers for him,” Harvey said. The Browns lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon to a suspension and productive tight end Jordan Cameron to free agency.

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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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