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Running backs: Who's No. 2?

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Running backs: Who's No. 2?

There's a heated battle for the No. 2 running back spot behind Ray Rice.

Although running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery couldn't nail down who's in first place, it appears that rookie Bernard Pierce, who the Ravens moved up into the third round to select this summer, could be the favorite if incumbent Anthony Allen is unseated.

In Friday's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions, Pierce opened some eyes with his speed and ability to run between the tackles.

"When he got out there he showed that reckless abandon that we wanted ... what he showed in college. That kind of excited everyone because up to that point we hadn't seen it," Montgomery said. " We knew he had it in him, he had the potential ... but we saw it on game day. That's what you want to see. How do you bring something from the practice field to game day and be a little bit better at doing what we ask you to do."

Montgomery on the rest of the RB field:

-- Anthony Allen: "He's not a very fast guy but he has the size, he has the strength and I'd like to see him run the ball a little bit more when hes in the ballgame. He has great hands, he has great route ability. We seem to be throwing it most of the times when he's in the game."

-- Bobby Rainey (rookie): "I'm stunned he wasn't drafted because the guy has punt return, kick return ability ... can run routes out of the backfield, catch the ball out of the backfield and people say he is a third-down back. We don't look for just specialty guys. We look for a guy that can do it all."

-- Damien Berry: "He is a phenom with his foot speed, his strength, his size. He's very explosive, can hit holes quick, can probably take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Damien has improved more than any back I have ever coached since I've been in the league because he's catching the ball very well, he's blocking now and he's running his routes better."

In the AFC North, the Ravens are looking for other qualities, too.

"In this division, when you're playing against Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, you have to be physical, which is what we pride ourselves on," Montgomery said. "You have to be tough ... we'd like to have a big back if we can get a big back, because in the wintertime you like to give it to that kind of guy."

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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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