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Training camp "What to Watch", August 15


Training camp "What to Watch", August 15

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens changed the start time of Saturday’s practice to 1 p.m. It had originally been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Fans holding passes for Saturday’s practice can still use them. Parking lots open at noon.

Here’s the buzz heading into practice:

1. The wide receiver battle:

Michael Campanaro (two catches, 58 yards, one touchdown) was the best receiver on the field during Thursday night’s preseason opener. As long as he stays healthy, I expect Campanaro to make the 53-man roster at receiver, along with Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Breshad Perriman, and Kamar Aiken. That leaves either one or two wide receiver spots open.

Those on the bubble who made catches Thursday night were DeAndre Carter (two receptions, 33 yards), Jeremy Butler (one reception, 14 yards), Darren Waller (one reception, 12 yards), and long shot Tom Nelson (one reception, 19 yards). However, none of them sparkled.

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So it’s back to the practice field, where those competing for jobs and playing time will look to shine, leading up to the Aug. 22 preseason game against the Eagles. Meanwhile, we’ll see if Perriman (knee injury) can return after missing 10 straight practices.

2. The injuries

Backup tight end Allen Reisner suffered a broken ankle Thursday that required surgery, but the Ravens did not update two players who left the game with injuries – cornerback Asa Jackson and outside linebacker Steven Means. There should be an update on both at some point Saturday.

3. Rookie outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith

Smith had the Ravens’ only sack Thursday, with Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs both playing briefly. The Ravens lost linebacker Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks last season, to the Bears during free agency. It remains to be seen if the Ravens can get enough pressure on quarterbacks, and where that pressure will come from. Smith, a fourth-rounder, could emerge as one of the team’s most important picks if he continues to improve.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.