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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 on the Ravens' first-round pick C.J. Mosley

    Instant analysis on the Ravens' first-round pick C.J. Mosley
    Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors react to the Ravens' first-round selection of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens always say that they draft the best-player-...
  • When faced with several options, the Ravens made the right move

    When faced with several options, the Ravens made the right move
    The Ravens were stuck in no man's land when they selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick. But they made the best of the situation. Mosley was a great linebacker last season and one of the top players in college football....
  • 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...
  • Ravens draft Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round

    Ravens draft Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round
    The Ravens drafted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round with the 194th overall selection, their final pick in the draft. Wenning is expected to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the backup quarterback job. "I’m a good competitor...
  • 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....
  • Large turnout for Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball game

    Large turnout for Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball game
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hit some towering shots during a home run derby that was ultimately won by punter Sam Koch. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones danced as he rounded into home plate following a home run. Offensive tackle Ryan Jensen displayed a...
  • 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...
  • Ed Reed 'definitely preparing to play' this season, but he has no plans to join any team

    Ed Reed 'definitely preparing to play' this season, but he has no plans to join any team
    Former Ravens safety Ed Reed stood in the middle of a makeshift softball diamond on a field he knows well and waved his arms as fans chanted his name. Reed, who played 11 seasons with the Ravens, has long said that Baltimore will always feel like home,...
  • Source: New Haven TE Mike Flacco signing with the Chargers

    Source: New Haven TE Mike Flacco signing with the Chargers
    New Haven tight end Mike Flacco is heading to the NFL. The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is signing an undrafted free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source. Mike Flacco, 26, declared early for the NFL...