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Release of Kindle ends long, sad story

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Release of Kindle ends long, sad story

It's not a move that surprised many that follow the Ravens, but the release of linebacker Sergio Kindle Saturday is the tough end to a very sad story.

He was a second-round draft pick in 2010, but everything went wrong for Kindle before he ever really set foot on the field. Kindle fell down some stairs and fractured his skull that summer. He missed the entire season and also had to deal with other problems from that injury, like some hearing loss. 

Kindle worked to make it back last season, but played in just two games. He kept battling to get in place for 2012, hoping that being able to work with coaches and staff in the off-season -- which the linebacker couldn't do the previous year due to the lock-out-- could make a difference.

Kindle's looked good at times this year, and the Ravens were rooting for him, something coach John Harbaugh and others mentioned during training camp and the pre-season. 

Still, he didn't quite seem to get to the point the Ravens appeared to want. Kindle appeared in just one game this year, against the Eagles, and was inactive for the rest.  

The question now is what happens to Kindle. It will be interesting to see what other teams might take an interest in Kindle and where his career goes? Would some team at least want him for the practice squad, and do the hearing/health problems lingering from his fall make being a solid NFL linebacker an unrealistic goal?

The world always loves a comeback story, and if Kindle could do it, that would be one of the better bounce-back stories the Ravens have had. Unfortunately for Kindle, it's not going to happen at this time. 

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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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