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Ravens' roster analysis: pass receivers

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Ravens' roster analysis: pass receivers

A post-draft assessment of the Ravens' corps of receivers and tight ends:

Players under contract before the draft: wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, David Reed, Rodney Bradley, Patrick Williams, Philip Livas; tight ends Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta, Davon Drew.

2012 draft picks: wide receiver Tommy Streeter (sixth round).

Undrafted free agents: wide receivers Devin Goda (Slippery Rock), Dorian Graham (Syracuse), Deonte Thompson (Florida); tight ends Lamont Bryant (Morgan State), Nick Provo (Syracuse).

What we know:
Boldin and Smith are the starting wideouts, and Dickson will start at tight end, splitting duties with Pitta. After that, its a cast of thousands battling for the deep backup slots.

Up for grabs:
The No. 3 wide receiver spot remains wide open. There are 10 candidates on the roster, for those keeping track. It's a huge opportunity for a bunch of young guys. LaQuan Williams is the only one with an NFL reception to his name.

Dickson caught 54 passes in his first year as a starter, but his blocking was iffy and he dropped a few too many balls late in the season as Pitta came on. There could be some mild lineup juggling. The No. 3 tight end will need to block well and contribute on special teams.

Keep an eye on:

Touchdown Tommy Streeter looks like an absolute steal on paper, a 6-5 guy who runs a 4.4 40 and caught more passes for Miami in 2011 than Stephen Hill did in his career at Georgia Tech. He dropped in the draft because hes raw, and the Ravens have the habit of burying rookie receivers taken in the mid-to-late rounds, but he has as much upside as anyone. The Ravens should throw him a million balls in the preseason.

Outlook:
Boldin (32 in October) plays tough and can still produce but struggles more and more every year to gain separation from defenders. Smith, already a game-breaker, had an excellent rookie season but can improve his consistency and drop fewer balls. Pitta is a tweener who could line up in the slot and cause matchup headaches.

Fans were hoping to see a big-name addition to this group after the pasing game struggled at times in 2011, but the Ravens passed on the free agent market (wisely as it spun out of control) and also passed on receivers high in the draft, leaving the status quo in place. One way or another, the Ravens need to get more out of this group as they seek yet again to improve their passing game.

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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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