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Ravens remember Ray's NE speech

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Ravens remember Ray's NE speech

One of the moments many on the Ravens remember from the painful AFC title game loss in New England last winter was the emotional speech that Ray Lewis gave the team in the locker room afterwards.
Its easy to see how upset the team was a video of the speech could be found online but its also easy to see how much Lewis was trying to fire up everyone in a difficult situation.
The speech and its content were something people were still talking about in the first few days of training camp this summer.
What I took from it was family, said linebacker Jameel McClain when speaking to the media Thursday. Thats the main thing I took from it, because in that moment, my stomach was so sick, like I couldnt feel anything else until he talked about the importance of outside the game. And then, at that point, alone is when I calmed myself down and thought, Man, I have a loving family, a loving girlfriend, Im good.
Lewis also talked about the speech when speaking with the media on Wednesday. He said he was trying to give a message to his teammates at a very difficult time.
It was definitely from the heart, Lewis said. We dont want to talk about it a lot when it comes to sports, because we always like the good side. But, there is a lot of pain in this world, real pain. People look towards us during games to be courageous in the times of loss in big defeats like that.
Ray Rice said that Lewis speech played a big role in helping the team start to get past the pain in those moments following the loss.
Rice felt that those words were the first part of the team pulling together and looking forward to next yearsomething thats not always an easy task.
Without Lewis in that locker room at that moment, I dont think the gelling would have come back, Rice said when talking to the media on Wednesday. Ray Lewis brought us together as a team, and youll see a team come out here at camp with pride, ready to come out here and practice.

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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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