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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL his...
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The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first two playoff starts. Flacco and the Ravens fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game, ending the season with a 13-6 record.

Flacco was born Jan. 16, 1985 in Audubon, N.J. He began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Delaware and starting for the Blue Hens as a junior and senior.
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  • With preseason over, Ravens have some tough roster decisions to make

    With preseason over, Ravens have some tough roster decisions to make
    Now that the preseason is finally over, the next order of business for the Ravens is finalizing their 53-man roster, which will have to be done by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Ravens are currently at 75 players, so they’ll need to make 22 moves over the...
  • Tyrod Taylor ready to make the most of final preseason start

    Tyrod Taylor ready to make the most of final preseason start
    Tyrod Taylor has manned the clipboard on the sideline for three years, living the life of a backup quarterback while Joe Flacco has orchestrated the Ravens' offense. Flacco has been remarkably durable and never missed a start in his six seasons...
  • Young players could make the difference for the Ravens

    Young players could make the difference for the Ravens
    Veteran players like Haloti Ngata, Steve Smith, Terrell Suggs and Joe Flacco will do the heavy lifting, but a lot of first or second year players need to produce if the Ravens want to return to the postseason. The Ravens have gradually rebuilt the...
  • Ravens offense takes aggressive approach on fourth down during preseason

    Ravens offense takes aggressive approach on fourth down during preseason
    The Ravens took an aggressive approach on offense during their preseason win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday night, going for it on fourth down four times. That strategy -- spurred by the team wanting to get in as much situational work as...
  • Steve Smith shows his worth with big output against Redskins

    Steve Smith shows his worth with big output against Redskins
    The Ravens’ marquee free agent signing bounced back from a pair of quiet preseason games with the kind of impact performance he felt like he needed to have Saturday against Washington. Wide receiver Steve Smith made six catches for 80 yards and...
  • Offensive line takes a step back in preseason game against Washington

    Offensive line takes a step back in preseason game against Washington
    After three preseason games, the Ravens are back to square one. There were questions about the offensive line as training camp opened, and they surfaced again during Saturday night's 23-17 win against the Washington Redskins in preseason game No. 3 at...
  • Ravens offensive starters complete first half with strong finish in 23-17 preseason win over Washington

    Ravens offensive starters complete first half with strong finish in 23-17 preseason win over Washington
    The most unsettling sight for the Ravens was not getting stuffed on two fourth-and-shorts or their inability to establish a running game. It was quarterback Joe Flacco frequently running for his life and then picking himself up off the turf. Flacco took...
  • Instant analysis from the Ravens' 23-17 victory over Washington

    The Ravens secured a 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins to improve to 3-0 in the preseason.  The Baltimore Sun's reporters, columnists and editors weigh in on the team's win.   Jeff Zrebiec, reporter The number of hits Joe Flacco was taking...
  • Ravens making the red zone a focus this preseason

    Ravens making the red zone a focus this preseason
    The Ravens are banking on an encouraging start against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener to set an aggressive tone for their red-zone offense under the direction of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Last season, they were one of the...
  • Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco improving timing in Ravens' passing game

    Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco improving timing in Ravens' passing game
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back to pass Saturday night and had a clear sight line to locate wide receiver Torrey Smith down the field at AT&T Stadium. Smith accelerated up the right sideline past Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terrence Mitchell...
  • Third preseason game may be last opportunity for Flacco to test offense before regular season

    Third preseason game may be last opportunity for Flacco to test offense before regular season
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh has mostly stuck to his script from previous preseasons, which means Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins will be quarterback Joe Flacco's final dress rehearsal for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the...
  • Joe Flacco downplays Johnny Manziel flipping off Redskins, says middle finger no big deal

    Joe Flacco downplays Johnny Manziel flipping off Redskins, says middle finger no big deal
    When it comes to obscene gestures and the middle-finger salute, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is a live-and-let-live kind of guy. Flacco downplayed the significance of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel flipping off the Washington...