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Tight ends don't miss a beat

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Tight ends don't miss a beat

The Ravens and Joe Flacco spent most of the preseason running their new-look offense without their top two tight ends. Dennis Pitta sustained a broken hand in practice early in camp, and a few days later, Ed Dickson suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener at Atlanta.

Neither played again in the preseason, and although they had returned to practice, there was some concern about whether they could jump right back into game action and be effective.

Both players erased those concerns emphatically, making key plays in the Ravens 44-13 rout of Cincinnati in the season-opener at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night.

Pitta was the starter and finished with five catches for a career-high 73 yards, including a leaping, 10-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter that built the Ravens lead to 24-13.

I had a smaller guy on me, and Joe saw a mismatch, said the 6-foot-4 Pitta, who was targeted a team-high nine times. Joe put the ball up where only I would be able to go up and get it.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh joked that after seeing how Pitta and Dickson performed, Some of these players will be telling me now, Why do we need training camp if those guys can play that well?

Those guys study. They stayed with it, Harbaugh added. They worked really hard, and they had a body of work underneath with Joe built up over the course of the offseason.

Dickson was targeted three times and finished with two catches for 22 yards.

Dennis had a couple more catches, and we both blocked pretty good, but as a whole, and thats the way we look at it the tight end group as a whole, we played pretty solid, Dickson said. If we have that kind of outcome every week and put up 40-some points, Ill take it.

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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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