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Ravens erupt as brawl breaks out at training camp

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Ravens erupt as brawl breaks out at training camp

Even a quarterback wearing No. 7 and a black and gold jersey hasn't gotten this kind of treatment from the Ravens.

After what has been a relatively calm training camp, tempers flared Wednesday as a brawl broke out for about 20 seconds. During second-team drills, rookie center Gino Gradkowski was pinned to the ground and pounded by defensive lineman Arthur Jones.

Then most of the 90 players in camp swarmed onto the field as a second skirmish broke out down field as offensive lineman Jah Reid was ganged up on by several players from the secondary, including safety Bernard Pollard who appeared to be getting in the most significant blows.

"What are you going to do about? Get in there and start tossing bodies around? ... They got back in there and ran the next play pretty quick. It was a spirited fight," coach John Harbaugh said.

Ravens running back Ray Rice made light of the situation during the ruckus. He wasn't on the field during blowup but opined: "Training camp has officially begun. It's been a peaceful camp."

Receiver Jacoby Jones, in his first season with the team, lamented: "That (expletive) got me tired."

Cornerback Lardarius Webb joked that the secondary won its scrap with Reid. "Looking at that fight, Jah got beat up," he said with a chuckle.

When order was restored, the theme music from "Rocky" blared over the sound system.

Pollard was pleased with the outcome. Immediately after practice ended he tweeted: "Today was the best day by far this camp!!!" And then he added: "We have something special Baltimore."

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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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