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Ravens still home for Osemele, who eyes big year


Ravens still home for Osemele, who eyes big year

Kelechi Osemele bought his mother a new home this offseason.

“She’s loving it man,” Osemele said. “My nieces are already fighting over rooms right now.”

Whether Osemele will have a new NFL home after next season remains to be seen. Both Ravens starting guards, Osemele and Marshal Yanda, are entering the final year of their contract. It will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both, meaning this could be Osemele’s final year in Baltimore.

That gives Osemele added motivation, but he is already driven. Always has been.

“Coach (Juan) Castillo (offensive line coach) has been helping me every day, working on my craft,” said Osemele. “I came in here in the league as a raw player, and right now I’m feeling like I’m becoming more of a technician. So, I’m feeling really good about that. I’ll let my agent handle the contract, and I kind of just focus on my part.”

Osemele and Yanda are part of a starting offensive line that returns intact, which also includes left tackle Eugene Monroe, center Jeremy Zuttah, and right tackle Rick Wagner. Osemele liked what he saw from the line during minicamps, even with Zuttah (hip) not at full strength, and Wagner still recovering from a foot injury.

“I’m definitely liking it, the stability,” Osemele said. “It does feel good to have everybody kind of in the same place and nobody going off to different teams.”

But will Osemele be going elsewhere after next season? For now, Osemele has at least two goals in mind for 2015 – helping the Ravens win another Super Bowl, and being named to his first Pro Bowl.

“I’m just focused on being the best player I can be,” Osemele said. “I’m kind of just letting the cards fall where they may after the season.”


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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.