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Tucker should handle extra point rule change

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Tucker should handle extra point rule change

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker isn’t thrilled with NFL owners voting Tuesday to move the extra point from the two to the 15-yard line. However, Tucker has shown he can handle it.

In his three seasons with the Ravens, Tucker has never missed a field goal inside 37 yards. Making a 32 or 33-yard extra point should not be a problem for him, but Tucker says the process will become a little less automatic. He raised an interesting hypothetical situation, talking about the extra point he made in Denver that forced overtime during the Ravens’ most recent Super Bowl run.

“What if I had slipped and donked it off the upright?,” Tucker told the team’s website, baltimoreravens.com. “Then we don’t go and win the Super Bowl. It’s as simple as that.

“I think the idea is to add excitement to every single play, but what it really does is make every kicker’s job a little bit harder.”

Tucker has proven his worth to the Ravens, with seven game-winning field goals during his career, including a franchise-record 61-yarder against the Lions. As a restricted free agent this offseason, Tucker signed a second-round tender worth $2.356 million. At some point, the Ravens and Tucker are expected to agree on a long-term deal. If not, the Ravens could place the franchise tag on Tucker next year, because they have no intention of letting him walk away.

Making extra points will become a little more challenging for kickers next season, particular in inclement weather. But the Ravens have less reason to worry about that, because they have Tucker.

 

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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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