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Rookies make notable contributions

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Rookies make notable contributions

When it comes to the Ravens' rookie class, coach John Harbaugh cracks into a smile. That's not easy these days given his team is facing serious questions on both sides of the football coming out of the bye week.

"We have a good rookie class, don’t we? I mean, it’s a good group," Harbaugh said.

The Ravens have gotten a lot of contributions from their first-year players, though some understandably have yet to get their chance:

Kelechi Osemele: The RT worked his way into the starting lineup and has started every game. He injured his right knee and ankle in the 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans but appears to be OK. Harbaugh: "Kelechi speaks for itself. He’s started every single game. He had the ankle (injury) and then he comes rolling back out there in the second half, gutted it out, and played pretty darn well."

Bernard Pierce: As the No. 2 RB behind Ray Rice, he hasn't gotten as much work as expected. But he's averaging better than 5.0 yards per carry. Harbaugh: "You’ve seen his talent. … Talking about the running game and getting the ball in Ray’s hands a little, that’s something we need to do with Bernard, too. We need to get Bernard out there more. We need to get him some more carries and touches, because he brings a different little style."

Justin Tucker: The K has only missed one FG, making 16 of 17, including 4-for-4 from 50 yards or more. Harbaugh: "He has done a great job."

Courtney Upshaw: He took over the starting job at rush LB in Week 2, when Paul Kruger went down with a back injury, and hasn't done anything to lose it. Harbaugh: "Courtney is getting better every single week. He won the game ball (vs. Dallas) for defense."

Christian Thompson: Still hasn't worked his way into the secondary even with the injury to Lardarius Webb. Because they're thin there the third-string SS will remain active and get his chances on special teams.

Gino Gradkowski: He hasn't had to replace veteran C Matt Birk, but given the injuries to the OL he could find his way on the field given Harbaugh's suggestion he might mix and match to get better protection for QB Joe Flacco. Harbaugh: "Gino has been active every game, so he’s in the mix as a backup guard. I really think he’s ready to play if his opportunity comes."

Deonte Thompson: Third-string WR lost the starting job as kick returner going into the Dallas game as he was de-activated and Jacoby Jones installed. Jones responded with a 108-yard return for a TD and has relegated Thompson.

Bobby Rainey: The fourth-string RB recently was elevated from the practice squad but hasn't been active for any games yet. If he's to make the game-day active roster, he'll have to earn the playing time on special teams.

Asa Jackson: There hasn't been any room for the third-string CB as a returner or in the secondary, but that could change given the injury issues. Harbaugh: "Asa has been growing into the thing. He was close to being active (vs. Houston). He’s working in the slot, so that’s a possibility with the injury to Lardarius (Webb) that he could see some time."

DeAngelo Tyson: The DE played for the first time vs. Houston, and given the lack of production from that position -- starter Pernell McPhee and second-stringer Arthur Jones only have a total of one-half sack -- he could edge his way up.

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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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