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Ray Lewis: What a lightweight

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Ray Lewis: What a lightweight

When Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis met with reporters at the teams minicamp last month, he looked lighter than usual and hinted that he planned to play at a lighter weight in 2012.

Boy, did he follow through on that.

When he met with reporters Wednesday on the eve of the teams first full-squad training camp practice, Lewis looked startlingly lighter and admitted he might have reached a new low threshold.

This is definitely probably the lightest Ive been since I walked into Baltimore in 1996, Lewis said.

After playing at 250 pounds last season, Lewis is listed at 240 this season and admitted even that was too much.

Yeah, Im probably a little lighter (than 240). Im probably a lot lighter than 240, he said with a smile.

That means he might be as low as 230, which, for the record, is just five pounds heavier than safety Bernard Pollard.

Lewis refused to divulge his exact weight.

I keep that to myself, he said, continuing to smile. You cant share everything. Im at a good weight, a good playing weight.

He repeated the explanation for his dramatic weight-loss that he gave last month: that he needs to be faster to remain effective in todays pass-happy NFL.

The game has changed, he said. The game is no longer about 250, 260-pound fullbacks, and offenses running it 23 30 40 times (a game). The game has changed. Its all based on matchups now. People want to find mismatches here and there, so you just change with the game. If everyone can run (it comes down to) who cant run? So for me, that was what my thought process was coming into this next year.

The news that Lewis might possibly play as much as 20 pounds lighter this season will certainly make the rounds in the NFL. Although he earned yet another Pro Bowl selection in 2011, he did struggle at times in passing situations and even found himself being picked on for probably the first time in his career.

Playing a lighter weight is his attempt to adjust, and the issue will be whether he remains powerful enough to remain effective against opposing blockers and runners.

Lewis believes this is the only way to go at age 37.

I had a couple of coaches over the years (giving) great advice that was shared with me: the later you get (in your career), the lighter you play, he said. You just feel better. Because you have the wisdom to go off and do whatever you want to do. But I just think playing lighter is much smarter for me.

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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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