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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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  • Torrey Smith says he's not frustrated by early lack of touches in Ravens' offense

    Torrey Smith says he's not frustrated by early lack of touches in Ravens' offense
    Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has spent the majority of the first two games running fly patterns and operating as something of a glorified decoy. The former Maryland star has been targeted 10 times and has just four receptions for 60 yards and no...
  • After 5-interception game in 2013, Ravens QB Joe Flacco ready to face Mike Pettine again

    After 5-interception game in 2013, Ravens QB Joe Flacco ready to face Mike Pettine again
    The last time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco faced a Mike Pettine-led defense, he had arguably the worst game of his career. Pettine, a former Ravens assistant, was Buffalo’s defensive coordinator last year, when his Bills defense had five...
  • In first road game of season, Ravens hope to prove last year's struggles were a fluke

    In first road game of season, Ravens hope to prove last year's struggles were a fluke
    The Ravens last season were demolished in Denver, bumbled through their afternoon in Buffalo, and caved in close losses at Cleveland, Chicago and Cincinnati. A team that had relished going on the road and winning in coach John Harbaugh's first five...
  • Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Cleveland Browns

    Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Cleveland Browns
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: In the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Flacco played safe and efficient football. Expect more of the same as the Ravens want him to avoid the slow starts that plagued him on the road last year. Steve Smith and the two...
  • A troubling week for Baltimore sports fans

    A troubling week for Baltimore sports fans
    Just seven days ago, Baltimore's sports fans, the faithful clad in orange and purple, were brimming with optimism. The Ravens were set to open what they hoped would be a bounce-back season with star running back Ray Rice due to return at the end of...
  • Ravens-Steelers Scouting Report

    Ravens-Steelers Scouting Report
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: As much as he's struggled against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has flourished in recent years against the Steelers, throwing eight touchdown passes and just one interception in his past seven games against...
  • Ravens tight end Owen Daniels steps up at the right time

    Ravens tight end Owen Daniels steps up at the right time
    Just a few weeks ago, Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels' status was very much in doubt. When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was...
  • Ravens stay focused on the Steelers after challenging week

    Ravens stay focused on the Steelers after challenging week
    The short span between the Ravens' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and tonight's prime-time showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers was made interminable by the release of Ray Rice. As team and league officials scrambled to quell the...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Steelers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Steelers
    Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson looks back at the Ravens' game each week and looks ahead to their next opponent. GAME PLAN: Instead of airing it out and employing a no-huddle offense the way they did frequently in ineffective fashion during a loss...
  • Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston (Sept. 16)

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston (Sept. 16)
    Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions about the Ravens' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 and more. What's your take on the Ravens after only two games? The offense looked bad in the first game, much improved in the...
  • Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers

    Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers
    Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Thursday’s primetime game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, will come under great fire because the...
  • Joe Flacco says Torrey Smith still progressing at underneath routes

    Joe Flacco says Torrey Smith still progressing at underneath routes
    If there was a disconnect on short to intermediate passing routes between Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith, Flacco said it no longer exists. Flacco on Tuesday clarified comments he made to CBS broadcaster Solomon Wilcots, who...