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Will the offseason program allow quarterback Joe Flacco to mesh better with an overhauled receiving group?
This seems to be a storyline every year, but it's certainly appropriate right now as the Ravens have 13 receivers on their roster and only three of them (Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams) have caught a pass from Flacco in an NFL regular-season game. Without a true offseason last year because of the lockout, Flacco never had much of a chance to get to know rookies Smith, Williams and Tandon Doss, and the later-acquired veteran Lee Evans, until training camp. This year, Flacco will have much more time to gain familiarity, and he'll need it with new quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and so many new receiving faces, led by veteran Jacoby Jones and sixth-round draft pick Tommy Streeter.
December 18, 2011