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Versatile Jensen making his case for roster spot

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Versatile Jensen making his case for roster spot

In the second preseason game, no one plays too much. Starters play a few series, then subs replace them, and then third- and fourth-stringers replace them. At least that's the idea.

But Saturday night in Philadelphia, Ravens lineman Ryan Jensen played all 92 offensive snaps, an unheard-of workload for Week 2 of the preseason. The Ravens were already missing several linemen, and then lost a couple of others during the game. So Jensen played every snap, and he helped his chances of making the team with his performance on Saturday night.

Jensen, primarily a guard and center, started at left guard in place of injured Kelechi Osemele (Achilles), then moved to left tackle after injuries sidelined Eugene Monroe (arm) and James Hurst (concussion).

"For Ryan Jensen to play two or three spots the way he did and end up at left tackle and to play the way he did ... It’s not really how you plan it, but sometimes you’re forced into finding out that guys can do more than you think they can do," coach John Harbaugh said on Monday.

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Jensen, a sixth-round pick out of Colorado State-Pueblo in 2013, has pretty much spent his entire NFL career on the roster bubble, and he finds himself there again 10 days before the final cutdown to 53 players.

Jensen (6-4, 310) made the team as a rookie but was a game-day inactive in all 16 games. Last season, he was among the team's final cuts in August, then joined the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster late in the season.

This year, the Ravens return all five starters along the offensive line, and Jensen is among several players competing for what will probably be three or four reserve linemen spots on the final 53-man roster.

But with so many injury questions -- Osemele, Monroe, Hurst, guard John Urschel (concussion), rookie guard Robert Myers (concussion), tackle Jah Reid (back), among others -- Jensen's versatility could be his ticket onto the roster.

Jensen last year was diagnosed and treated for severe sleep apnea, which he said had affected his sleep, his energy level and his strength.

"I feel healthier this year than I did last year, with everything that was going on health-related last year with my sleep apnea," Jensen said. "I finally got that under control now, and I feel bigger and stronger."

Jensen did not practice on Wednesday (undisclosed), but he could be in line for another heavy workload on Saturday night against the Redskins.

"I feel like I've been having a solid camp," Jensen said. "I've been working my butt off and trying to make this team."

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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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