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Training camp will be proving ground for Ravens rookie tight end


Training camp will be proving ground for Ravens rookie tight end

Here’s a player to watch closely when training camp begins next week: rookie tight end Maxx Williams. He was widely considered the best tight end in the draft. But he is the youngest player on the Ravens’ roster at age 21, and he will be one of the NFL’s youngest players next season.

Is Williams ready for the grind of his first training camp and preseason -- ready enough to make an immediate impact by Week 1?  We’re about to find out. With Dennis Pitta’s NFL future still very uncertain following two hip surgeries, it remains to be seen if the Ravens have gotten better or worse at the tight end position.

Joe Flacco has always loved throwing to tight ends, whether it was Pitta, Todd Heap or Owen Daniels. When Daniels signed with the Broncos during free agency, finding a tight end in the draft became a major priority for the Ravens. In fact, they drafted two: Williams (second round) and Nick Boyle (fifth round).

That leaves the training camp battle at tight end wide open. Crockett Gillmore caught 10 passes as a rookie last season and wants a bigger role in the passing game. But Williams was an acrobatic pass catcher in college, and the Ravens liked his skill set enough to trade up in the second round to get him.

During training camp, Williams hopes to convince the coaching staff that he is ready to become one of Flacco’s go-to guys.  Williams left school early because he was confident he was ready for the NFL. The Ravens are eager to find out how ready he is.

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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.