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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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  • Looking back at the Ravens' 22-20 win vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Looking back at the Ravens' 22-20 win vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Ravens 22, Steelers 20 STRATEGY: Joe Flacco silenced anyone still clamoring for the wildcat offense, which disappeared against the Steelers days after the quarterback called it a high school offense. They went back to their conventional pass-first...
  • Veteran Ravens defenders have not-so-fond memories of facing Adrian Peterson

    Veteran Ravens defenders have not-so-fond memories of facing Adrian Peterson
    Only four current Ravens defenders were on the roster when the team last played the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. Those who remain have not-so-fond memories of trying to tackle Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who was already a superstar...
  • Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe earns compliment from Flacco

    Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe earns compliment from Flacco
    When the Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe two months ago, the belief was that he would immediately upgrade the left tackle position and the hope was that he would become one of the team’s best linemen. It was a rough start for Monroe. He allowed...
  • Rebuilding the Ravens' offensive line is an exercise in patience

    Rebuilding the Ravens' offensive line is an exercise in patience
    When Joe Flacco takes his first snap Sunday, he will line up behind a left tackle who 10 weeks ago was toiling away in Jacksonville, a left guard who has already made as many stops as an Amtrak train, and a center who two years ago was blocking small-...
  • Flacco's improved play has been keyed by his feet

    Flacco's improved play has been keyed by his feet
    Most compliments of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco usually start and end with his strong right arm. However, Flacco’s feet are garnering plenty of praise these days. Flacco’s ability to get out of the pocket and make throws – or at...
  • Four Ravens-Vikings predictions sure to go wrong

    Four Ravens-Vikings predictions sure to go wrong
    The Ravens are on a roll and so am I. Last week, as they picked up a second straight win by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, I nailed two of my predictions — and it would have been three if not for a hard hit and faulty chin strap. It's about time I...
  • Vikings' pass rush has Ravens' attention heading into Sunday

    Vikings' pass rush has Ravens' attention heading into Sunday
    There are few aspects of the Minnesota Vikings' 30th-ranked defense that jump off the game film in any particularly positive way. Veteran defensive end Jared Allen is a notable exception, along with bookend defensive end Brian Robison. They're two...
  • Flacco doesn't need a kick in the pants, he needs a block [Letter]

    Flacco doesn't need a kick in the pants, he needs a block [Letter]
    Regarding Mike Preston's column on Joe Flacco and the Wildcat offense ("Wildcat might give Ravens QB Joe Flacco the kick he needs," Nov. 24), I believe he is looking at this whole Wildcat ordeal the wrong way. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense has...
  • Baltimore Sun staff picks for Ravens vs. Vikings

    Baltimore Sun staff picks for Ravens vs. Vikings
    Monique Jones Ravens 28, Vikings 20 The Ravens might have more trouble against the Vikings because of running back Adrian Peterson, but they should win their third consecutive game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mike Preston Ravens 28, Vikings 14 The...
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Minnesota Vikings?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Minnesota Vikings?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings. * ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith are both picking the Ravens to win by more than a touchdown. Don’t look now, but after playing...
  • Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Vikings

    Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Vikings
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: Though he's not posting gaudy numbers, quarterback Joe Flacco has strung together two consecutive solid games, completing 67 percent of his passes for 524 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His improved decision making,...
  • Dennis Pitta activated from injured reserve-designated to return, expected to play Sunday

    Dennis Pitta activated from injured reserve-designated to return, expected to play Sunday
    Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was activated from injured reserve-designated to return today prior to a 4 p.m. NFL deadline, clearing the way for him to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta participated in team drills all week without...