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Ravens special teams coach still sees room for improvement

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Ravens special teams coach still sees room for improvement

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens’ special teams have become a not-so-secret advantage.

Having blocked kicks in five consecutive games, including the game-winning play Monday night against the Browns, the Ravens special teamers hope to have a major impact again Sunday against the Dolphins.

It’s not just the blocked kicks that make the Ravens’ special teams special. Kaelin Clay is an explosive punt returner, as evidenced by his 82-yard return for a touchdown against the Browns. Justin Tucker is one of the NFL’s best placekickers. Sam Koch is one of the league’s top punters, with a variety of kicks that often pin opponents deep and negate returns.  

The Ravens’ special teams no longer catch opponents by surprise, yet they are still making plays. The diligence of special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg is clearly part of the equation, but he is quick to deflect credit

“I’ll point to the players,”  Rosburg said. “We’ve had some extraordinary efforts by individual guys.”

Brent Urban’s 6-foot-7 size was an advantage when he got a hand on Travis Coons’ field goal attempt Monday night, leading to Will Hill’s 64-yard game-winning touchdown return.

“I thought it was a great reaction by a lot of people,” Rosburg said. “Will picking the ball up, Terrence Brooks not picking the ball up after Will had it in (his) sight. Then at that point, everybody kicked into the return mode.”

On Clay’s punt return for a touchdown, he did several things that can’t be coached.

“He made a couple guys miss and then got back outside,” Rosburg said. “It was an extraordinary play by him. After I watched it on the plane -- I was talking to (head coach) John (Harbaugh). I said, ‘That was a returner’s return'.”

Yet, Rosburg is such a perfectionist that he still saw things that upset him watching film on the plane ride from Cleveland.

“I had to remind (Rosburg) on the plane coming back that we did score two touchdowns on special teams,” Harbaugh said.

Rosburg would love to have more special teams touchdowns to critique on Sunday.

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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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