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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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  • Instant analysis from the Ravens' 37-30 victory over Dallas

    Instant analysis from the Ravens' 37-30 victory over Dallas
    The Ravens came away with a 37-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys to begin the preseason 2-0. The Baltimore Sun's reporters, columnists and editors weigh in on the team's win. Mike Preston, columnist Ravens have more overall talent than the Cowboys, but...
  • With new title, personnel, Ravens' Juan Castillo has put last season behind him

    With new title, personnel, Ravens' Juan Castillo has put last season behind him
    Juan Castillo endured awkward circumstances and heavy resistance to his blocking techniques and coaching methods during a rough season last year as the Ravens' run-game coordinator. Despite the challenging year, Castillo was named the Ravens'...
  • 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...
  • At midway point of preseason, it's hard to tell whether Ravens have improved

    At midway point of preseason, it's hard to tell whether Ravens have improved
    After nearly five weeks of training camp and two preseason games, it's still hard to predict if the Ravens will improve on last year's 8-8 record. On paper, they should because of certain additions they've made during the offseason. Those improvements...
  • Ravens defense is challenged early in a 37-30 preseason win over the Cowboys

    Ravens defense is challenged early in a 37-30 preseason win over the Cowboys
    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Ravens had hoped to play quarterback Joe Flacco and the rest of the first-team offense about a quarter, but very little went according to plan early last night against the Dallas Cowboys. Less than three minutes into the...
  • Unknowns remain for Ravens' running game after strong start

    Unknowns remain for Ravens' running game after strong start
    The Ravens' running back situation has progressed better than most expected throughout training camp, but few can predict how it will unfold during the 2014 season. Veteran Ray Rice is listed as the starter but he will be suspended for the first two...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Deonte Thompson states his case with special performance against Cowboys

    Deonte Thompson states his case with special performance against Cowboys
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- After an evening spent dodging and sprinting past potential Dallas Cowboys tacklers, Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson wasn’t about to run and hide from what was blatantly obvious. Having seemingly lost ground in the wide...
  • Colin Kaepernick says Joe Flacco 'throws a great deep ball'

    Colin Kaepernick says Joe Flacco 'throws a great deep ball'
    It was two years ago when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco outdueled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Super Bowl XLVII and was named Most Valuable Player after delivering three touchdown passes and zero interceptions. During the...
  • Ravens training camp highlights for Thursday, Aug. 14

    Ravens training camp highlights for Thursday, Aug. 14
    SETTING THE SCENE The Ravens’ final official practice of training camp started around noon with a walk-through practice and ended just before 3 p.m. Most of the starters finished up just after 2:30 p.m. Players wore helmets and shells. Like it was...
  • 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...