Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw ran into problems in the early weeks of his first NFL season.
First, there were the conditioning issues. He came into camp a little heavy, didn't pass the conditioning test the first time and had trouble keeping his weight down the first few weeks. But then he began putting everything together.
And now, in a season where the Ravens are needing help from a bunch of different players on defense, Upshaw has stepped up. He's really helped as the defense has fared better in the last few weeks, helping the Ravens win all three games since the bye week.
The Ravens expected a lot from Upshaw, who came to them from Alabama. He had to start at first due to the injury to Terrell Suggs. But Suggs came back for the Houston game, and Upshaw then began coming off the bench and seemed to play better.
He's made 10 tackles and had an interception in the last three weeks as the Ravens improved to 8-2 and took a two-game lead over the Steelers in the AFC North. However, the Ravens have been using Upshaw in different ways and putting him in different spots. He had a good game in the 55-20 rout of Oakland and the 13-10 win over the Steelers.
"Here’s our top pick – our defensive player that we picked as our first pick – and he’s played a number of different positions," coach John Harbaugh said to the media the day after the Oakland game. "Obviously, he’s been getting better every single week. He’s a smart football player. He’s a physical football player."
The return of Suggs probably helps all of that. The Ravens can move Upshaw around if they want. They even put him in as a lineman, but his quickness and strength give the Ravens a lot of options, something they probably were hoping for when they drafted him
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.
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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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