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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Baltimore Sun picks for Ravens-Packers game

    Baltimore Sun picks for Ravens-Packers game
    Monique Jones Packers 28, Ravens 24 The Packers may be playing without linebacker Clay Matthews but they will have enough to keep the Ravens offense in check. Mike Preston Packers 28, Ravens 21 The Ravens have a strong pass rush, but not strong...
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Green Bay Packers?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Green Bay Packers?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Green Bay Packers. * The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer thinks the Ravens will win, 27-24, over the Packers. The Super Bowl champions have been schizophrenic, going up and down...
  • 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...
  • Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins

    Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins
    Ravens 26, Dolphins 23 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recognized a need for a more balanced, methodical approach, calling a season-high 40 runs for 133 yards. Torrey Smith, Ray Rice and Deonte Thompson were targeted on 24 of 32...
  • Harbaugh says Ed Dickson isn't the same player that he was two years ago

    Harbaugh says Ed Dickson isn't the same player that he was two years ago
    When tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated and fractured his right hip during the preseason, many references were made about how productive his replacement was two seasons ago. Ed Dickson caught a career-high 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns...
  • Jacoby Jones returns to practice this week, Deonte Thompson concussion not regarded as major

    Jacoby Jones returns to practice this week, Deonte Thompson concussion not regarded as major
    Shorthanded all season, the Ravens' wide receiver corps could get some reinforcements from as soon as this week. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones is scheduled to start practicing this week, according to coach John Harbaugh. Jones missed the past three games...
  • Day after loss to Buffalo, John Harbaugh doesn't hold back

    Day after loss to Buffalo, John Harbaugh doesn't hold back
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't willing to second guess the decision Sunday to abandon the run game nor was he in the mood to protect some of the team's under-performing players. Given ample time to digest Sunday's mistake-filled 23-20 road loss to...
  • Ravens acquire offensive tackle Eugene Monroe via trade from Jaguars

    Ravens acquire offensive tackle Eugene Monroe via trade from Jaguars
    The Ravens have acquired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange  for multiple draft pick compensation, according to league sources. A source said the Ravens will be sending third-day draft picks to the Jaguars for...
  • After struggling vs. Packers, Ravens' matchup with Steelers looms

    After struggling vs. Packers, Ravens' matchup with Steelers looms
    The case can be made that there is no shame in losing a game by two points to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but it would to be hard to find a good lawyer to argue it. The Ravens simply did not show up in the first half Sunday. They were...
  • 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,...