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Ravens roster preview: Defensive line

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Ravens roster preview: Defensive line

It's clear that coming off a 5-11 season, the Ravens have some tough decisions to make regarding their 2016 roster. To be sure, injuries were a huge part of the story this past season, but there figures to be significant roster turnover after one of the worst seasons in team history. And as always, the salary cap will have a major influence on how the Ravens go about constructing their 2016 roster.

Over the past two weeks, we have been examining each Ravens position group with an eye toward 2016. Who stays? Who goes? Today we look at the defensive line.

Note: For the purpose of this discussion, we will limit the roster to those players on the final 53-man roster and injured reserve. (Here's more detail on free agency terminology.)

Under contract: Chris Canty, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy, Timmy Jernigan, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Urban, Brandon Williams

Unrestricted free agents: None

Restricted free agents: None

Exclusive rights free agents: None

The fact that the Ravens have every defensive lineman under contract shows that this unit is in good hands. But that doesn't mean there won't be changes.

Chris Canty is probably going to be a salary cap casualty for the second straight year, but unlike last year, don't expect the Ravens to re-sign him. Canty, 33, missed seven games last season, and cutting him would free up about $2.1 million in cap space that the Ravens are going to need.

Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan figure to once again anchor the interior of the Ravens defensive front. Williams might have been the Ravens most consistent player last year, and set career highs with 53 tackles and two sacks. He was also one of the few who made it through the year without missing any time.

Jernigan is still just 23, and although he's found his way into the doghouse once or twice with lackluster play or dumb penalties, he's a force when he's on his game. He had 37 tackles and four sacks in 2015.

Second-year lineman Carl Davis started strong as a rookie but then saw little action over the final six weeks of the season. Still, he should be a factor in 2016.

Lawrence Guy should also be back. He capably helped fill the void left by Canty's injury, and Brent Urban, if he can stay healthy, should do so as well. Urban finally got on the field after essentially 1 1/2 years on injured reserve and showed promise in six games. The most notable play from the 6-foot-7 Urban was getting his big hand on the last-second field-goal attempt at Cleveland that was returned for a game-winning touchdown by Will Hill.

Time might be running out on Kapron Lewis-Moore, who saw limited action in five games. He faces an uphill battle to make this team given the crowd of incumbents and any influx of new defensive ends.

The Ravens have made it clear that pass rushers are a priority, so they will be looking for defensive ends who can do that. Those players would nicely complement an interior defensive front anchored by Williams and Jernigan.

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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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