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Ross' muff could lead to change at punt returner

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Ross' muff could lead to change at punt returner

After Jeremy Ross’ crucial muff Sunday, the question of who will return punts for the Ravens has been reopened. Coach John Harbaugh did not rule out the possibility of making a switch at his Monday press conference.

“Yes, I think that’s fair,” Harbaugh said when asked if he had a decision to make at punt returner. “It just goes with the territory.”

Ball security has been a problem for Ross in the past. He lost a fumble on a return against the Cardinals last month, and he had two fumbles on returns in 2014 playing for the Lions.

Lardarius Webb fielded the next punt after Ross’ muff, but that was a fair-catch situation, and Webb has been used in those situations before.  Webb, Asa Jackson, and Raheem Mostert are possibilities to replace Ross as the full-time punt returner. However, Jackson has had fumbling issues as well, and Harbaugh was very critical of Jackson’s two personal foul penalties during Sunday’s game.

Ross’ muff Sunday came with the Ravens holding a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars recovered at the Ravens’ 37-yard line, setting up a go-ahead touchdown for Jacksonville. The Ravens ultimately lost, 22-20, on a 53-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. That ending was controversial, because the NFL admitted Monday that time should have expired before Jason Myers ever made the game-winning kick.

It has been a crazy year for the Ravens (2-7), who are making crucial mistakes and getting few breaks.  Ross’ muff was another error that proved costly.

“The ball was moving left to right and behind (Ross), but it’s still a catch that you have to make in that situation, for sure,” Harbaugh said.

For that reason, Ross may not get a chance to return punts Sunday against the Rams.

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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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