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WR Butler makes case with sparkling minicamp

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WR Butler makes case with sparkling minicamp

OWINGS MILLS – Wide receiver Jeremy Butler is a player to watch coming out of Ravens’ mandatory minicamp. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, Butler might be the team’s most improved player this spring.

Butler is drawing praise from multiple directions.

From wide receivers coach Bobby Ingram:

“(Jeremy Butler) has had an unbelievable OTA and minicamp, in my opinion,” Ingram said. “I just think he really came back driven, he came back in great shape and he made a lot of plays. He moves pretty fluidly. He’s a big guy who’s strong, really good hands. He has made a lot of contested catches in this camp. Just looking forward to seeing how we can continue to allow him to grow.”

From teammate Steve Smith:

“Jeremy Butler – I don’t think he has dropped a pass all camp,” Smith said. “He is doing a fantastic job.”

From quarterback Joe Flacco:

“He might have had 1,500 yards in a three-day minicamp,” Flacco said. “He was incredible. He caught the ball extremely well.”

Now Butler’s goal is to carry the momentum into training camp when it starts in late July. The competition at wide receiver is crowded. Smith is firmly entrenched, but Marlon Brown, Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, Darren Waller, and Butler are all vying for a role. It’s going to be interesting, but Butler is hungry to prove he belongs.

“I’m always confident in my ability,” said Butler, who was an undrafted rookie last year from Tennessee-Martin. “Believing in yourself. If you don’t, nobody else will.”

Obviously, Butler is already making some of his teammates and coaches believe in him.

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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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