There has been very little talk about the Ravens’ offensive line this offseason. For the team, that’s a positive thing.
The Ravens waited until the sixth round to grab their lone offensive lineman in the draft –guard Robert Myers of Tennessee St. Strengthening the O-line was not a top priority, because it was already a position of strength.
All five starters are returning – left tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah, right guard Marshal Yanda, and right tackle Rick Wagner. The Ravens believe in true competition during training camp, but barring injury, there is no reason to believe any changes will be made. The Ravens also have quality depth with tackle James Hurst and guard John Urschel.
There is also reason to think the Ravens’ offensive line will be even better next season. Last season was Zuttah’s first with the Ravens, and it was Wagner’s first as a starter. Continuity is always key for an offensive line unit, and with a year of working together under their belts, the front five should pick off where it left off. That’s good news for running back Justin Forsett, who is coming of a career season, (1,366 yards), and quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sacked a career low 19 times in 2014.
It remains to be seen if the Ravens figure out a way to re-sign both Yanda and Osemele, who are both entering the final year of their contract. But for next season, the Ravens can feel good about the unit in front of Flacco.
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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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