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Under pressure in 2016: Terrence Brooks, safety


Under pressure in 2016: Terrence Brooks, safety

In the coming weeks, Ravens Insider Clifton Brown will take a close look at Ravens who struggled to carve out a steady role, underperformed or landed on injured reserve in 2015 and, as a result, need a strong performance to lock down consistent playing time, or a job, in 2016: Up today…

Player: Terrence Brooks

Position: safety

2016 cap hit: $766,594

2105 stats: 12 games, seven tackles, zero interceptions, one pass defended.

Comment: This will be a crucial season in the career of Brooks, a third-round pick in 2014. He showed promise as a rookie, but that season was cut short after 11 games due to a serious knee injury. Brooks worked hard at rehab and recovered quickly, but last season was also a disappointment. He was slowed by a thumb injury, and he struggled to earn playing time due to mental mistakes in practice.

“I love the guy, and he can run, he can hit,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said in November. “It’s just sometimes, he has just got to know the position, and you can’t go out, and you can’t make a mental error, whether it be in practice or whatever. That doesn’t exactly build confidence then, to let him do it in the game.”

Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill were the starting safeties when last year ended, but competition for roles and playing time will be intense. Lardarius Webb could switch from corner to safety if he is not a salary cap casualty, and the Ravens are looking to bolster their secondary through the draft or free agency

Brooks will have to earn whatever playing time he gets. If he is going to start fulfilling his promise, it needs to happen in 2016.

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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.