The Ravens freed up some significant salary cap space on Wednesday afternoon with the releasal of Elvis Dumervil.
The team wasted little time using some of that money.
On Wednesday night, after the team reportedly signed Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, the team reportedly signed San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead, according to Ian Rapoport.
Woodhead is one of the most unique and dynamic backs in the entire NFL.
At just 5-8, Woodhead is one of the smallest, yet most elusive runners in the league, and is one of the top pass-catching backs as well. Given the Ravens' propensity for short passes, Woodhead is the perfect addition.
The one downside to this addition is that Woodhead has a lengthy injury history. He missed all but two games in 2016 due to a torn ACL and missed all but three games in 2014 due to a fractured fibula and ankle injury. However, his 2013 and 2015 seasons, both with the Chargers, were injury-free and outstanding.
In 2013 he finished with 429 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with his 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. In 2015 he ran for 336 yards and three touchdowns and racked up 755 receiving yards and hauled in six touchdown catches.
The Ravens had a capable backfield in 2016 with Terrence West and Kenneth Dixon, but neither was spectacular. Woodhead brings a dynamic element that the team just did not have, and should allow deep passes to open up for Joe Flacco.
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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