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Upshaw: 'Very blessed' to be a Raven

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Upshaw: 'Very blessed' to be a Raven

Courtney Upshawspent a long night in the NFL Draft green room. He watched four of hisAlabama teammates -- Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and DontaHightower -- smile, hug family and friends, grab a hat and jersey of their newNFL teams and walk across the stage at Radio City Music Hall as first-rounddraft picks. He watched several other players do much the same.Through it all,Upshaw sat. Thirty-two picks came and went, and Upshaw was still back in thegreen room at the end of the first round of the draft.Upshaw didntknow it that night, but the turn of events probably couldnt have worked outany better for him. After his surprising fall to the second round, Ravensgeneral manager Ozzie Newsome, an Alabama man himself, grabbed Upshaw with theRavens first pick at No. 35.Now, afterTerrell Suggs suffered an Achilles injury, Upshaw is in the running for astarting job on one of the leagues premier defenses.
The man who satand sat in the green room is now the next man up. Im veryblessed, very happy I fell into this predicament," Upshaw told Fox SportsOhio. "I was disappointed in the draft, not being a first-rounder, but atthe end of the day I landed in a great spot. Why it happened, I don't know."I justenjoy being the with the Ravens, he added. The veterans there areunbelievable. It's a great atmosphere, starting with Ozzie (Newsome), thecoaches, Ray Lewis, everybody.Lewis, among others, has been impressed with the6-2, 272-pound Upshaw after seeing him through the OTAs and minicamp.I just love hismotor. Hes a kid that just loves football, Lewis said after one minicampsession. The way he approaches the game, his speed towards the game, and theway he flies around to the football, you really appreciate watching somebodylike him.Upshaw was just 6years old when Lewis began his Ravens career in 1996. Now Upshaw is likely to startalongside the future Hall of Fame linebacker. That probably wasnt on his mindas he sat in the green room for hours on the first night of the draft.

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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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