You’ve heard a lot about the Ravens’ top-two draft picks – wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams. However, third-round pick Carl Davis could be the sleeper of this year’s Ravens’ draft class.
Davis will have a chance to make an immediate impact on the defensive line due to his versatility. He can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and the Ravens lost a key piece of their defensive line when Haloti Ngata was traded to the Lions.
However, Davis is an intriguing prospect who expected to be drafted no later than the second round. He played college football at Iowa, where former Ravens’ offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz is the head coach. Ferentz remains close with the Ravens’ front office, and the Ravens track Iowa players closely. Why wouldn’t they? Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda also played at Iowa.
“Carl Davis is a guy that dominated at the Senior Bowl,” said Ravens’ assistant general manager Eric DeCosta after the draft. “A lot of scouts will agree that’s a really good sign. We have got great connections at Iowa. We know a lot about Carl Davis. We know exactly what we’re getting as a player.”
The youth movement on the defensive line has already begun. Brandon Williams played well last season at defensive tackle, becoming a starter in just his second year. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had a solid rookie season.
With Ngata gone, the Ravens will be look to replace his talent collectively along the defensive line. Davis could be part of that equation.
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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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