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We're talkin' practice... squad

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We're talkin' practice... squad

For the playersshown the door Friday in the final round of roster cuts, all is not yet lost.By Saturday, theycould be right back with the Ravens -- albeit on the practice squad. BeginningSaturday, the Ravens can begin signing players to their eight-man practicesquad, designed to help develop raw players with potential. These playerstoil in a sort of NFL purgatory, taking part in all team activities --meetings, practice, lifting, locker-room banter -- but are not eligible to playin games. But the practice squad is often the first place a team looks when aplayer higher on the depth chart goes down with an injury.And although theodds are still long for practice squad players, success stories are out there.Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Texans running back Arian Foster eachspent time on a practice squad. Albert McClellan, projected to start at outsidelinebacker for the Ravens this season, spent the entire 2010 season on thepractice squad. Because thepractice squad is viewed as developmental, there are certain eligibility rules.Essentially, a player who has played one NFL season, or has been on thepractice squad for two years already, is not eligible for the practice squad. Any team can signa player off another team's practice squad, but that player must be placed onthe signing team's active roster. Last season,cornerback Danny Gorrer and linebacker Chavis Williams began the season on theRavens practice squad but were ultimately moved to the active roster. Defensivetackle Bryan Hall was on the Ravens practice squad all last season but made the53-man roster this year.Among thoseexpected to be considered for the Ravens practice squad are offensive linemanJack Cornell, safety Omar Brown and linebacker Nigel Carr. All three were cuton Friday."Well,didn't make the 53-man but have a spot on the PS if no one else picks meup," Cornell tweeted Friday. "Really like it here the fans aretremendous and it is a first class organization."So Saturday, manyof those cut will wait and see if their name is called again. They will all beon waivers, available to be claimed by any team, but if not, the Ravens willhave interest in signing several to the practice squad, where the players willmake a minimum of 5,700 per week. Not Ray Rice money, but it's a living -- anda chance.

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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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