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Where will Ravens turn to replace Steve Smith next year?


Where will Ravens turn to replace Steve Smith next year?

Now that the Ravens know this will be Steve Smith's final season, is it too early to start thinking about next year?

The Ravens hope they have found a No. 1 receiver for the long haul in rookie first-round pick Breshad Perriman, but the performance of he and the Ravens other young receivers this year will dictate how critical replacing Smith from the outside will be.

And if the Ravens do choose to add from outside the organization, who will be out there? As always, there will be some marquee names available in free agency. Pending free agent receivers include the Falcons' Julio Jones and the Bengals' A.J. Green. Alshon Jeffery, who had back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons under Marc Trestman with the Bears, is also due to hit free agency. As is the Colts' T.Y. Hilton, who is coming off a 1,300-yard season.

Of course, their current teams will have the first shot at retaining those players via the franchise tag, which could then lead to a long-term deal, as was the case this summer with Dez Bryant in Dallas and Demaryius Thomas in Denver.

But if you think the Ravens are going to make the splashy free-agent signing of a wide receiver next spring, you haven't been following how the Ravens do business. The Ravens rarely jump into the free-agency frenzy in its opening hours, almost always preferring to wait on the sideline until the madness dies down and the prices drop.

Ozzie Newsome's mantra has always been right player, right price.

Remember how they ended up with Steve Smith? They signed him after he was released by the Panthers. They picked up T.J. Houshmandzadeh after he had been released by the Seahawks. The Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin, and they traded for Lee Evans during training camp in 2011. Those signings didn't all work out as the Ravens had hoped, but none of those receivers was signed as an unrestricted free agent.

True, the Ravens will probably need to look outside the organization next year to help compensate for the major loss of Smith. But they will cast the net wide, and not just at available free agents. 

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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.