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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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  • New additions could help revive Ravens' deep passing game

    New additions could help revive Ravens' deep passing game
    There was plenty made last season of the relative disappearance of the deep ball from the Ravens’ offense. What had been one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s biggest strengths – his ability to find his receivers down the field with strong...
  • Coffee Companion (7/3): Orioles wait out wet win

    Coffee Companion (7/3): Orioles wait out wet win
    My apologies to everyone at the Orioles game last night — the weather was basically because I was in Frederick. However, since it was a minor league game, and not a close one at that, they ended the game at the first sight of bad weather and I was...
  • Don't expect Joe Flacco to be babied by Gary Kubiak

    Don't expect Joe Flacco to be babied by Gary Kubiak
    When training camp started last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was friendly and happy. He joked with teammates more than usual and was more animated and vocal. At that time, a lot of us thought his leadership was emerging because the Ravens had...
  • Joe Flacco on Ravens offense: 'I think we look good'

    Joe Flacco on Ravens offense: 'I think we look good'
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will spend the next month working out and keeping his right arm in shape through regular throwing sessions with friends, teammates and anybody else capable of catching a tight spiral. He said the downtime before training...
  • With new players and new scheme, Ravens offensive line 'moving forward'

    With new players and new scheme, Ravens offensive line 'moving forward'
    The mood and composition of the Ravens' offensive line have undergone major changes after a frustrating season. Pass rushers often invaded the pocket last year, either knocking quarterback Joe Flacco to the ground or harassing him into rushed throws...
  • Coffee Companion (6/20): Ravens wrap up mandatory minicamp

    Coffee Companion (6/20): Ravens wrap up mandatory minicamp
    Allow me to get really old for a second. You'll see elsewhere on our site that legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin died yesterday. He wrote, among other things, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," which is a phenomenal song. If you're a frequent Coffee Companion...
  • Ravens QB Joe Flacco sees progress, 'explosion' from lighter, leaner running back Ray Rice

    Ravens QB Joe Flacco sees progress, 'explosion' from lighter, leaner running back Ray Rice
    When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco handed the football off and threw swing passes to Ray Rice this spring, he had a close-up view of the three-time Pro Bowl running back's physical transformation. Rice had regained much of his old quickness,...
  • Ravens' salary cap, contract updates

    Ravens' salary cap, contract updates
    The Ravens are $4.159 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $133 million with 90 players on the roster after signing five players to contracts last week. None of those deals includes signing bonuses or guaranteed money. Former New York Giants...
  • Ravens add some experience, but still will likely trend younger

    Ravens add some experience, but still will likely trend younger
    Unlike last year, when nine of the 13 oldest players on the roster of the Super Bowl XLVII champions left the organization either via retirement, release, trade or free agency, there was no significant Ravens’ youth movement this offseason.    ...
  • Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll

    Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll
    ESPN's Mike Sando sure knows how we like to fill our Ravens downtime — with talk of just how elite quarterback Joe Flacco is. The ESPN writer polled a number of NFL sources and asked a total of 28 to grade each of the league’s starting...
  • Terrell Suggs ranks 26th on NFL Network's Top 100 list

    Terrell Suggs ranks 26th on NFL Network's Top 100 list
    Terrell Suggs’ second-half struggles in 2013 apparently didn’t alter the opinion around the league that the longtime Ravens defender remains one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. Suggs was recognized last night as the 26th-ranked player on...
  • Ngata, Wieters and others add hometown appeal to snack foods

    Ngata, Wieters and others add hometown appeal to snack foods
    The recipe is familiar, but with a fresh twist. Mix the salty, crunchy goodness of traditional munchies with the spicy kick reminiscent of Maryland's steamed crabs — and add the power of several professional Baltimore athletes for good measure...