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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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  • Against Cleveland Browns, Ravens seek a more balanced offensive attack

    Against Cleveland Browns, Ravens seek a more balanced offensive attack
    The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners. Whether they pay homage to last year's team by getting back...
  • Ellerbe hopes lessons learned as a Raven now help him with the Dolphins

    Ellerbe hopes lessons learned as a Raven now help him with the Dolphins
    So much has changed for Dannell Ellerbe since the Super Bowl. He is in a new city wearing a different uniform for another AFC contender. He is now the leader that young players look to in key moments, instead of it being the other way around. And yes, his...
  • Ravens hopeful Ray Rice won't be sidelined long with hip injury

    Ravens hopeful Ray Rice won't be sidelined long with hip injury
    Ravens star running back Ray Rice suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, a potential setback for the offense. Although the injury initially appeared serious as trainers attended to...
  • Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong this week

    Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong this week
    After a rocky loss to the Denver Broncos, the Ravens will get a chance to right their ship against the Cleveland Browns, a team they have defeated 10 straight times. While I think the Browns, who have a good defense, will put up a fight, picking an 11th...
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Cleveland Browns?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Cleveland Browns?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. * CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco expects the Ravens' struggles to continue in a 21-18 loss to the Browns. The Ravens are coming out of a bye and need to get it...
  • ESPN counts Ravens all but out in 'Countdown,' but game coverage solid

    ESPN counts Ravens all but out in 'Countdown,' but game coverage solid
    After watching ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” show, I wondered why they even bothered to play the game. All I heard for two hours, was how unstoppable Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was, and how all but impossible it was for the Ravens...
  • Ravens' salary-cap update: $1.645 million available

    Ravens' salary-cap update: $1.645 million available
    The Ravens have $1.645 million in salary-cap space under the NFL limit of $123 million. The Ravens signed veteran running back Bernard Scott to a one-year, $715,000 contract. It counts $298,824 against the salary cap under the minimum salary benefit....
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson will look back at the Ravens' previous game. Steelers 19, Ravens 16 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell all but scrapped the I-formation, making a bid to accelerate the tempo through a...
  • Ravens snap count observations from the unofficial first half of the 2013 season

    Ravens snap count observations from the unofficial first half of the 2013 season
    When the Ravens signed middle linebacker Daryl Smith this past spring, perhaps the biggest question was whether Smith would be able to stay healthy for all 16 games. The 31-year-old had missed only four games in his career before a groin injury...
  • Ravens still looking for signature win with Packers next on the schedule

    Ravens still looking for signature win with Packers next on the schedule
    It didn't seem like it two weeks ago when the Ravens committed five turnovers and allowed more than 200 yards rushing in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens didn't make an emphatic statement on Sunday either in a victory over the Miami Dolphins,...
  • Tough choices await the Ravens coaches at wide receiver

    Tough choices await the Ravens coaches at wide receiver
    Just five days ago, the Ravens were left with only three healthy wide receivers for their game against the Miami Dolphins. When they put out their inactive list about 90 minutes before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, they figure to have...
  • Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor provides early spark, then fizzles

    Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor provides early spark, then fizzles
    As Tyrod Taylor took his place behind center for a handful of snaps on Sunday, Joe Flacco stood out wide near the sideline, his $120.6 million hands stuffed into his handwarmer and his body language screaming that he had little interest in running...