The Ravens made linebacker Courtney Upshaw their top pick in this year's draft. They grabbed him early in the second round and hoped for big things from him, especially because of the Terrell Suggs situation.
But that hasn't panned out. He's battled injury problems and got hurt again in Thursday's loss to the Rams in the team's final pre-season game.
The situation looks a bit like what happened with Sergio Kindle a few years ago. The team doesn't get the player till the second round -- and he winds up being the top pick that year -- and he has troubles.
Upshaw hasn't had an early time throughout the pre-season games. He hasn't been able to make much of an impact, or as much as he or the team would have liked, and coach John Harbaugh told the media Thursday that the linebacker now was scheduled to have an MRI on the balky shoulder on Friday.
The Ravens were hoping that he could help fill the hole at linebacker caused by the loss of Suggs, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year. For now, the question is going to be what the MRI shows on Friday, and how the Ravens handle it from there.
He came out of Thursday's game with the Rams in the first half and didn't get back in.
Upshaw is going through the problems a lot of rookies deal with -- injuries and adjusting to life at the next level. But the loss of Suggs put part of the linebacker situation into a bit of a mixed-up state. This could just add to it.
If Upshaw can't go, then Albert McClellan would probably start at that linebacker spot. There's still a lot of things up in the air in this situation. It's got to be frustrating for the Ravens-- and Upshaw also.
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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