OWINGS MILLS – Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not try to sugarcoat his feelings Tuesday when asked about the absence of cornerback Lardarius Webb. Pees is concerned that Webb (hamstring) has not practiced in more than a week, and has not played at all this preseason. Webb missed the entire preseason last season due to back issues and struggled early in the season. The Ravens do not want a repeat scenario.
“Absolutely,” said Pees, when asked if he was concerned about Webb missing time. “I know he’s trying to do, it’s not his fault - he’s trying to do what he can to rehab and get ready to go. It’s certainly a concern. I’d be fooling you in telling you if I didn’t think it was a concern. I want the guys out there practicing so we can see where they are and know where they are. The conditioning thing, and all those kind of things. Yeah it’s a concern, I hope we get him out here in the next week or so. But yeah, at this point, I wished he was out there, absolutely.”
The Ravens improved their cornerback depth this offseason by signing Kyle Arrington and Cassius Vaughn, and drafting Tray Walker. However, Webb and No. 1 cornerback Jimmy Smith remain crucial to the secondary as the two best cover corners on the outside.
Rashaan Melvin continues to improve as a corner, and is a candidate to replace Webb in the starting lineup if he’s not ready to go by Week 1. But the Ravens were hoping Webb would be injury-free this season. Now they’re hoping this latest setback won’t last much longer.
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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.
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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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