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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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Need to Know: What to look for at Redskins rookie minicamp

Need to Know: What to look for at Redskins rookie minicamp

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 11, 11 days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs. 

What I’m looking for during rookie camp

It’s hard to find out much—Let me be clear about this—it’s nearly impossible to get a whole lot of knowledge out of rookie camp. Media can watch for about an hour and a half, maybe 1:45. There are some 60 to 80 players out there between the draft picks, the signed undrafted players, and the rookies trying out. The drills are no contact and the players are wearing just helmets. They are running very basic plays. By the time you make a few notes on each draft pick and maybe one of the top undrafted guys, time is up. I’ll write up what I see but there won’t be much depth to it. 

How does Guice look catching passes? There is no question about his running ability. But he caught only 32 passes in three seasons at LSU. While Chris Thompson will remain as the third-down back, it would help the offense if Guice is a receiving threat when he is in the game. If he looks natural going out on patterns and on the mechanics of catching the ball, his value to the team (and to fantasy owners) will be enhanced. 

Where does Payne line up? The talk before the draft was that if the Redskins drafted Payne he would go to nose tackle. Jay Gruden confirmed it shortly after the first round. But that was before Tim Settle remained on the board in Round 5 and the Redskins took him. Is he the nose tackle now, moving Payne to the outside? We won’t get any definitive answers about the D-line depth chart here but there is some knowledge to be gleaned.

Does Trey Quinn stand out? SMU may not play the toughest schedule out there, but if you catch 114 passes as Quinn did last year to lead the FBS in receptions, you must be doing something right. But he lasted until the last pick in the draft. Today, we will begin to find out if his ability translates to the NFL. It isn’t that he should be expected to be a man among boys but you should be able to tell that he is the guy who was drafted without knowing what his jersey number is.

Which undrafted free agents and tryout players catch the eye? As noted, there isn’t time to take a few minutes observing each of the undrafted players. As for the tryout players, forget about it. But usually, there are one or two who force you to take a look, players who look like they belong with a catch, a move, or a burst of speed. There are usually one or two of those every rookie camp.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 11
—Minicamp (6/12) 32
—Training camp starts (7/26) 76

The Redskins last played a game 131 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 121 days. 

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Meet the Baltimore Ravens' 14 undrafted free agents

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Meet the Baltimore Ravens' 14 undrafted free agents

In addition to their 12 2018 NFL Draft picks, the Ravens have added 14 undrafted free agents to their roster.

While the chances of an undrafted free agent making the 53-man roster is slim, at least one has made it the last 14 seasons, according to the Ravens' team website. The most accurate kicker in NFL history, Justin Tucker, is one of them. 

Take a moment to get to know the 14 men fighting for their chance in the NFL, many of who made big first impressions this weekend at the Ravens' rookie minicamp.

WR Jaelon Acklin (Western Illinois)

The 6'2", 190 lbs. 22-year old had 84 catches for 1,369 yards, setting a school record his senior year. Acklin was named an Associated Press second-team FCS All-American and a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection. His draft profile notes that his speed, explosiveness and eye-popping quickness drills will make teams consider him. 

OL Randin Crecelius (Portland State) 

Standing tall at 6'5", 305 lbs., Crecelius was a three-year starter at Portland State with 29 career games and 25 starts. He started his college career on an offensive line where the team averaged 429 yards-per-game and 169.6 rushing yards-per-game before transitioning to left tackle his junior year. After transitioning, Crecelius was one of three players to start every game on offense. 

RB Gus Edwards (Rutgers) 

Originally a Miami Hurricane, Edwards transferred to Rutgers his senior year where he rushed for 713 yards for 164 attempts and six touchdowns. Edwards started all 12 games as a senior and shared the Homer Hazel Award for the team's MVP with Sebastian Joseph. His draft profile overview says,"His size and athletic scores will get him into a camp, but he lacks value on third downs and doesn't appear to be a dynamic enough runner to land a roster spot with that talent alone. Instead, Edwards may have to prove himself as a special teams star in order to snare an RB3 or RB4 spot as a pro."

G Justin Evans (South Carolina State) 

While at South Carolina State, Evans appeared in 43 games with 33 starts and was named a first-team All-MEAC for two straight seasons. In 2017, he did not allow a single sack and protected QB Dewann Ford, who threw for 1,772 yards and eight touchdowns. 

ILB Alvin Jones (University of Texas at El Paso)

Jones played in 47 career games with 43 starts at UTEP where he racked up 343 career tackles, the second most in their program since 2000. Jones also had 40 career tackles-for-loss, ranking third in their program, and 15 sacks earning All-Conference USA honorable mention honors. The El Paso native lead UTEP in tackles-for-loss, sacks and forced fumbles. 

TE Nick Keizer (Grand Valley State) 

The 6'5", 255 lbs. senior has talent on and off the field earning him All-American notice. Keizer was a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection starting eight of 11 games, catching 29 passes for 504 yards and nine touchdowns. He also led all Division II tight ends, averaging 17.4 yards-per-catch. His draft profile overview says,"While Keizer lines up as both an in-line and slot tight end, his future will likely be a “Y” handling blocking duties with an occasional pass catch if he is to make it in the league. He's got decent athletic traits, but the route-running is way behind and he doesn't earn enough separation. As a blocker, he still needs technique work, but he flashed intriguing play strength that may translate from Division II into the NFL."

DE Christian LaCouture (Louisiana State)

During his 2017 season at LSU, LaCouture wore the prestigious No. 18 jersey for the player that most exemplifies being a Bayou Bengal after tearing a ligament in his knee - preventing him for playing the 2016 season- and dealing with a flood that tore through his family home. Back from injury, he started all 13 games, making 66 tackles, six sacks, and five pass breakups. His draft profile states,"Hard-hat defensive tackle who gives an honest effort each snap, but lacks playmaking traits and plus talent as a run stopper or pass rusher. LaCouture has the size to compete for a backup role as a 3-4 defensive end, but may not have the necessary level of NFL talent to stick on a roster."

WR Andre Levrone (Virginia) 

Standing at 6'2", 194 lbs. Levrone played in 35 career games tallying up 59 receptions for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns. During his senior year, the Laurel native racked up career highs in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. His draft profile states,"Levrone's 20.3 yards per catch looks impressive at first glance, but Virginia took plenty of deep ball shots his way which skews that total somewhat. Levrone has good size and athletic ability, but his hands aren't as trustworthy as teams would like and there isn't enough career production on the resume. His physical traits give him a chance once he makes it into a camp, but his relative lack of special teams experience could stymie his chances."

LS Trent Sieg (Colorado State)

Sieg played in 52 games at Colorado State where he never missed a snap during his four-year career, in addition to, snapping on all punts, field goal attempts and points-after-touchdown during his senior year. While snapping to kicker Wyatt Bryan, Sieg helped him convert 15 of 18 field goal attempts. 

C Alex Thompson (Monmouth) 

Thompson is a three-time All-Big South honoree, starting 44 of 45 career games. He started all 12 games in 2017 earning himself AP Third-Team All-American, Phil Steele FCS Second-Team All-American, Stats Inc. Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-ECAC. Thompson started 11 games as a junior and sophomore and 10 games as a freshman. Before transferring to Monmouth, Thompson wrestled for one year at WVU. 

RB Mark Thompson (Florida) 

Thompson played in 23 games while at Florida, putting up 126 carries for 596 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 184 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2017, he played in 11 games posting 58 carries for 297 yards and three touchdowns. While playing at the Outback Bowl vs. Iowa, Thompson caught a 85-yard touchdown, the second-longest play in Florida bowl history and the longest play in Outback Bowl history. 

RB De'Lance Turner (Alcorn State) 

Turner's numbers while at Alcorn State are eye-catching, for sure. He played in 26 games - starting in 21 of them - and recorded 2,121 rushing yards on 320 carries and 15 touchdowns. Turner finished his college career as Alcorn State's single-season rushing record holder, ranking second in the FCS. He also earned FCS Third-Team All-American honors by the Associated Press, earned honorable mention HBCU All-American honors and was named first-team all-conference by league coaches. During their 2017 matchup with Southern University, Turner rushed for a conference and career-high 272 yards with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. He ended his senior year with 1,357 rushing yards for 180 carries and 10 touchdowns, in addition to, 21 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns. 

P Kaare Vedvik (Marshall) 

While at Marshall, Vedvik played in 38 games in four-years as both a punter and kicker. He punted 59 times for 2,597 yards - averaging 44 yards - with 26 of them inside the 20-yard line. Vedvik once punted a 92-yarder, making it the seventh-longest punt in FBS history and the longest in 45 years. He ranked in the Top 10 for fewest punt return yards and averaged 63.6 yards-per-kickoff. 

DB Darious Williams (Alabama Birmingham) 

In just two seasons, Williams played in 25 games, starting in 18 of them, and posting 73 tackles, 26 passes defended and six interceptions. He was named a First-Team All-American by Pro Football Focus and was named First-Team All-Conference USA in 2017 after walking on at UAB. Williams led the C-USA in passes defended and ranked No. 5 in the NCAA amongst FBS schools while ranking second in the conference in interceptions. The DB started all 13 games at cornerback where he put up 50 tackles, 20 passes defended and five interceptions.

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