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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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  • In NFL draft, Ravens 'were not going to just reach down' to pick an offensive tackle

    In NFL draft, Ravens 'were not going to just reach down' to pick an offensive tackle
    When the Ravens came within striking distance of picking a viable offensive tackle during the NFL draft, the options disappeared. Demand for quality offensive tackles quickly outweighed the supply Thursday as four were taken ahead of the Ravens'...
  • After NFL draft, offensive line remains Ravens' biggest weakness

    After NFL draft, offensive line remains Ravens' biggest weakness
    An average football team had an average draft. The Ravens came away from the annual event held over the weekend with nine rookies, but only two — linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Terrence Brooks — will have immediate impact. A third,...
  • Ravens need impact players, not projects, in this year's draft

    Ravens need impact players, not projects, in this year's draft
    The onus for the Ravens in this year's NFL draft is to come away with a player who can have an immediate impact, not another project. It's hard to evaluate a draft until three or four years later. But last year's was filled with projects, which is...
  • Lessons coming fast for new Ravens QB Keith Wenning

    Lessons coming fast for new Ravens QB Keith Wenning
    Keith Wenning exhibited nice touch in hitting wide receiver Jeremy Butler down the right sideline. Several plays later, Wenning found tight end Crockett Gillmore in the middle of the field, one of several catches on the day for the third-round selection....
  • Ravens have $5.488 million in salary cap space

    Ravens have $5.488 million in salary cap space
    The Ravens remain in a solid situation in terms of financial flexibility. With 88 players under contract, the Ravens have $5.488 million available under the NFL salary cap limit of $133 million. Only the top 51 salaries count against the cap during...
  • Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Chris Canty not at organized team activity

    Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Chris Canty not at organized team activity
    Three defensive starters weren't present at the Ravens' organized team activity Thursday at team headquarters. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, Pro Bowl nose tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive end Chris Canty aren't among those participating in...
  • Ravens players must take responsibility for their off-field actions

    Ravens players must take responsibility for their off-field actions
    During a 21-minute news conference Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh appeared angry, frustrated and disappointed. As he enters his seventh season, the Ravens have never had more off-field incidents than this offseason. Four of the 13 NFL players...
  • Joe Flacco using OTAs to become familiar with new offense

    Joe Flacco using OTAs to become familiar with new offense
    He has a new offense to learn, different voices in his ear and a couple of additional targets at his disposal. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, however, seems intent on keeping his approach unchanged, even after the most disappointing season of his NFL...
  • Coffee Companion (5/30): Plenty of headlines from Ravens OTAs

    Coffee Companion (5/30): Plenty of headlines from Ravens OTAs
    It was a packed slate of Baltimore sports yesterday with the Ravens opening their OTAs to the media and the Orioles playing against the suddenly-becoming-relevant Astros, so this Coffee Companion was easy to brew. Every weekday morning, we use this...
  • Ravens sign outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, cut quarterback Nick Stephens

    Ravens sign outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, cut quarterback Nick Stephens
    The Ravens have signed undrafted rookie outside linebacker D.J. Roberts and cut quarterback Nick Stephens. Roberts participated in the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He played collegiately at Tennessee-Martin where he rhad 53 tackles, 11...
  • C.J. Mosley getting a range of lessons in the NFL

    C.J. Mosley getting a range of lessons in the NFL
    Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley had some tough classes at the University of Alabama, but nothing as hard as learning about playing in the National Football League. Mosley has been on a crash course since the Ravens drafted him in the first-round (17th...
  • Coffee Companion (6/11): Machado appealing suspension, IronBirds season nears

    Coffee Companion (6/11): Machado appealing suspension, IronBirds season nears
    Morning, y’all. I’ve replaced Jon for today’s Coffee Companion, where we recap yesterday’s sports headlines, because he feels sleep is important, or something. Regardless, your daily trip to the water cooler is approaching, which...