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Spotlight on: Anquan Boldin

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Spotlight on: Anquan Boldin

In his second year with the Ravens in 2011, Anquan Boldin caught fewer passes than in any season since 2004. He also had his lowest touchdown total since 2004.

True, he sat out the last two games of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in his knee, which probably impacted his performance in the preceding weeks.

And his yards-per-catch average of 15.6 was a career high.

But his overall stats, his current age (31) and the fact that rookie Torrey Smith supplanted him as the Ravens' big-play receiver in 2011 has some observers wondering about the arc of Boldin's career.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com didnt mince words in naming him the Ravens most overrated player entering 2012: He could retire this spot since he earns it every year. Boldin just doesn't scare down the field, yet on Sundays all you hear are network analysts slobbering over the guy.

Despite such pointed criticism, the Ravens are happy with Boldin, the leader of their receiving corps. He caught 10 passes for 174 yards in their two postseason games in 2011, and theyre envisioning another solid season from him in 2012, especially now that his knee is healthy.

Between Smith and their new No. 3 receiver, Jacoby Jones, the Ravens have the speed at wideout to stretch opposing defenses more than ever before, theoretically opening seams for Boldin.

Some fans and league observers have expressed disappointment that Boldin hasnt emerged as the Pro Bowl-caliber No. 1 receiver some envisioned when he joined the Ravens in a trade before the 2010 season. At times last year he did seemingly struggle to gain separation from defenders.

But with 121 catches and 10 touchdowns in 30 games in Baltimore, he hasnt exactly disappeared. And while he did have his share of quiet games in 2011, he finished strong and looked sharp at the teams minicamp last month, sounding hungry to play another year at a high level.

For me, I come in every year with something different to work on, he said. I think you are never at a point in your career where you get satisfied with what you are doing, with where youre at. For me, like I said, I continue to work on things day-in and day-out. I look at a lot of film; I watch myself on film, and if there are things I dont like, a certain way I am coming out of a route or things like that, thats definitely something I take into account and work on during the offseason.

The Ravens are counting on more of the same from Boldin, and maybe a tad extra, in 2012.

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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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