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Torrey develops into complete receiver

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Torrey develops into complete receiver

When Torrey Smith came to the Ravens one season ago, whether or not he could blossom into a true No. 1 receiver wasn’t certain.

After what he did in Sunday’s 25-15 win vs. the Cleveland Browns, he may have solidified his place.

Smith caught a pass from Joe Flacco, stopped on a dime, pivoted around Browns cornerback Joe Haden and ran 19 yards to bring the Ravens from behind in the fourth quarter to retake a lead they’d never relinquish.

“Torrey is way ahead of where most people thought he’d be. To me, he’s right on schedule. I was a Torrey Smith guy. I’ll take full credit,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh to a room of laughter. “I was a ‘glass half-full’ guy on Torrey. He’s becoming a route-runner, and that’s the one thing that people said he wouldn’t become.”

The receiving corps has been inconsistent at best this season. Smith began with a 52-yard catch on the Ravens’ first play from scrimmage in the season-opening blowout of the Cincinnati Bengals.

In Smith's best game of the season, a 31-30 come-from-behind win vs. the New England Patriots just a few days after his younger brother died, he had six catches for a season-high 127 yards and two touchdowns. 

Smith is fourth on the team with 29 catches but second with 481 receiving yards. Anquan Boldin leads the Ravens in both categories (36 for 510), but Smith has a team-high five touchdowns.

Boldin has been Flacco’s go-to guy during key stretches of games to move the chains. It was a 21-yard catch to Boldin that jump-started Baltimore that allowed it to get in position for Smith to make a play.

“He’s becoming a guy that can make spectacular catches, and that’s another thing that some of the naysayers said he couldn’t do,” Harbaugh said. “But Torrey is a special guy.”

Harbaugh would like to get receivers Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss involved in the offense, which tends to become stale, much like rookie Bernard Pierce took a greater role in the running game. Pierce had his first TD as a pro against Cleveland.

Jones and Doss went without catches in that game.

“Anquan and Torrey are doing a great job, but let’s get Jacoby out there a little more, let’s get Tandon out there a little more,” Harbaugh said. “Torrey and Anquan … they’ll play every play. They’ll go until they can’t, so we keep mixing in. We’ve got some play-makers, and we can mix them in a little more.”

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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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