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Ravens post-draft two-deep: Defense

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Ravens post-draft two-deep: Defense

The draft is in the books, so the Ravens now have a much clearer picture of what their 2015 roster will look like than they did two weeks ago.

To be sure, Ozzie Newsome and Co. never stop watching the waiver wire, and the roster still figures to have plenty of additions and subtractions. In fact, a slew of undrafted rookies will be in Owings Mills this weekend for a rookie minicamp as they try to beat the long odds and make the team.

"We’re not done putting this team together right now," Newsome said after the draft. "It’s still two or three months – maybe four months – before we have to play Denver. We as a personnel staff, we’re still going to be mining for players to make our roster to make us better.”

We've already tried to sketch out an early, post-draft Ravens two-deep on offense. Now we tackle the defense and special teams:

DE: Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson

NT: Brandon Williams, Casey Walker

DT: Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis

OLB: Terrell Suggs, Za'Darius Smith

ILB: CJ Mosley, Albert McClellan

ILB: Daryl Smith, Zach Orr

OLB: Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw

CB: Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson

SS: Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam

FS: Will Hill, Anthony Levine

CB: Jimmy Smith, Rashaan Melvin

 

P: Sam Koch

K: Justin Tucker

LS: Morgan Cox

PR/KR: Michael Campanaro, Asa Jackson

 

COMMENTS:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Timmy Jernigan takes over for the departed Haloti Ngata, and rookie Carl Davis figures to work into the rotation. Lawrence Guy is back to fill a backup role as well, and promising defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore both should return from knee injuries that cost them all of last season. They would fill in at end behind veteran Chris Canty, who was re-signed. It's a deep group.

LINEBACKER: Courtney Upshaw will be highly motivated to have a strong season as he enters a contract year. Can he become more of a pass rush threat in the mold of Pernell McPhee? Rookie fourth-round pick Za'Darius Smith looks to make an impact as an edge rusher as well. C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith again hold down the middle. Will there be an Arthur Brown sighting this year?

CORNERBACK: Can these guys finally stay healthy? The Ravens are in good shape if Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith can stay on the field. If not? Asa Jackson also has yet to make it through a season, and Rashaan Melvin had his moments but was also exposed by Tom Brady in the playoffs. The Ravens added rookie cornerback Tray Walker in the fourth round, but this remains the No. 1 position to upgrade through the summer. When have we heard that before? Oh, right. Last year.

SAFETY: Kendrick Lewis, the Ravens' one notable free-agent addition, will step in as a starter. He can play either safety but is likely to start at strong safety, with Will Hill manning the free safety spot. Will Matt Elam finally live up to first-round form? Second-year safety Terrence Brooks could be a factor as well but is likely to start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

SPECIALISTS: All's well, as the 'Wolf Pack' is back intact this season, assuming Morgan Cox is fully recovered from his season-ending knee injury. Michael Campanaro and Asa Jackson should get the first shot to succeed Jacoby Jones in the return game. The Ravens biggest issue here is Justin Tucker's contract; he is due to become an unrestricted free agent next season.

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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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