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Reed takes defense under his wing

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Reed takes defense under his wing

At times, Ed Reed seems disgruntled because he hasn't gotten a new contract from the Ravens.

He's sometimes gimpy because of recurring hamstring issues.

But Reed, 34, hasn't behaved like he doesn't want to be here.

"Ed is playing great on the field, but hes better, right now, at his preparation, getting us prepared. He is teaching us some things that weve never learned before about film watching, studying the other team," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He is Hall of Fame at that right now. Thats what he is showing us - how to prepare for these guys. We just have our ears open and are trying to learn from the greatness."

Going into Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed could add to it. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is prone to turnovers as he has accounted for 10 of his team's NFL-high 15.

Coach John Harbaugh agrees with Webb's assessment. Reed, named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, has two interceptions, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Reed set the record for total return yardage, besting Rod Woodson's 1,483. Reed has 59 career interceptions.

"Hes playing as well as Ive seen him play since 08, and he's played really well all those years. He's playing as well or better than Ive seen him in the last couple of years," Harbaugh said. "I just think the world of how he's playing and how hes leading. He's been leading us in the meeting room, locker room, training room."

Reed complained twice last week about not getting a new contract from the Ravens. The highest-paid at his position already at 7.2 million, Reed already is looking to retirement.

"I'm not sure right now. I know I want to coach somewhere around my son," Reed said. "He's growing up and I don't want to lose the time that I've lost with my family."

As long as he's around, Reed insists on sharing his wisdom and not walk out the door with it.

"I haven't changed at all. I just work closely with my doctor to really work on the recovery part of it. I'm working on things that I know guys are going to need when I'm gone out of football," Reed said. "A lot of guys don't know bout the recovery part of it, the anti-aging part of it. We beat down our bodies so much. For me to be 34, I'm bouncing back great right now."

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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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