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Time of year for Ravens fans' angst

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Time of year for Ravens fans' angst

Kevin Byrne feels your pain, Ravens fans, but he advises you to relax.

The clubs vice president of public relations, writing at the teams website, said there is something about this time of year, in the weeks before training camp, that can try fans souls.

(Especially when you have something like Ed Reeds radio appearance, when he makes the curious statement: This is not about money. Its a business. Isnt business about money?)

This is not a fun time of year for us or Ravens fans, Byrne wrote. Were in the annual four-to-five-week span when we arent doing real football. And the news of the moment is not about who looks good, who is improved or who looks like they might have taken a step back. Instead, football news around the league is about contracts.

But Byrne said to look at the Ravens track record in this regard.

Our history is pretty good at getting issues resolved so that our team can focus on the most obvious task at hand: being the best NFL team we can be. And the Ravens have been pretty good recently, and we expect to be again.

Byrne shared a story about how a mischievous member of the Ravens security staff pulled a prank on defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

With the parking lot nearly empty at the Ravens complex, Cody had arrived to work out and had parked in coach John Harbaughs spot. After Harbaugh subsequently showed up, the security staffer, Craig Singleterry, got the coach to pretend to be angry.

Singleterry told Cody hed better move his car and then Harbaugh came into the locker room shouting: Whos in my parking spot? That guys in trouble. Cody started apologizing until Harbaugh and Singleterry broke out laughing.

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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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