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Reid's return from calf injury adds depth


Reid's return from calf injury adds depth

Jah Reid hasn't played a game this season, tormented by a calf injury that has set him back since the offseason.

The offensive lineman recently began practicing fully with the Ravens, which gives coach John Harbaugh more options as his team has struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco. He has been sacked 18 times this season.

"I feel good at either spot," Reid said when asked if he prefers to play at right guard or right tackle, where he is the backup to starters Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele. "Just make sure I get the right sets, the right footwork and I'm good."

Of course, playing guard is a bit easier because of the proximity to center Matt Birk.

"You're close to the center, you hear the calls," he said. "It's better as far as relaying information. It's cool being in there against the bigger guys. You're really mashing up against somebody."

Reid, in his second season as a third-round pick in 2011, believes he's all the way back.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has had his season ruined so far because of a recurring calf injury. It's a unique injury that players can't play through if they are less than 100%.

"My body felt like it was good," Reid said. "I'm ready to go."

But has Reid been able to improve considering he's been sidelined for so long?

"Definitely, just more poise in my sets," Reid said. "More confident in myself. Staying square, coming off the ball, everything. … I just have to carry that out onto the playing field."

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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.