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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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  • Dennis Pitta should be paid a tight end's salary

    Dennis Pitta should be paid a tight end's salary
    The Ravens and Dennis Pitta are still far from reaching a new contract, but hopefully they aren't haggling over whether Pitta should get paid as a wide receiver or a tight end. It's the trend these days, because tight ends get moved around the field,...
  • Seahawks spell victory with a capital 'D'

    Seahawks spell victory with a capital 'D'
    Chalk this one up to that old cliché about good pitching beating good hitting. The Seattle Seahawks showed again that championships really are won on defense, and they did it against one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Five-...
  • Ravens got a glimpse of what was to come from the Seahawks back in 2011

    Ravens got a glimpse of what was to come from the Seahawks back in 2011
    Midway through the 2011 season, the Ravens flew out to Seattle to play a young Seahawks team they were expected to defeat fairly easily. The Ravens were 6-2 and were a popular preseason pick to make the playoffs. The Seahawks were just 2-6 after somehow...
  • Looking at physical safeties in the NFL draft, Gary Kubiak, Ravens coaching staff and more

    Looking at physical safeties in the NFL draft, Gary Kubiak, Ravens coaching staff and more
    While the Ravens’ brass will undoubtedly reiterate its intention to draft the “best-player available” countless times before May’s draft, it is already widely assumed that the team will use its first pick to either augment the...
  • Analyst says the Ravens can make a few improvements with this year's draft

    Analyst says the Ravens can make a few improvements with this year's draft
    Despite the team's failure to make the NFL playoffs for the first time in six years, an overhaul of the offensive coaching staff and possible salary cap problems, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Ravens could be serious contenders again in...
  • How did Rivals rank current Ravens players as high-school prospects back in the day?

    How did Rivals rank current Ravens players as high-school prospects back in the day?
    On Wednesday morning, hundreds of highly touted high school football players across the country dusted off the nearest fax machine to send their signed letters of intent to college football programs, from powerhouses to smaller schools. These...
  • Three Ravens made Pro Football Focus' 'all-postseason team' from 2008-2013

    Three Ravens made Pro Football Focus' 'all-postseason team' from 2008-2013
    While wrapping up their Super Bowl coverage this week, the folks over at Pro Football Focus put together an interesting post with an all-star team of their highest-graded playoff performers over the past six seasons. Three Ravens players made the squad,...
  • Higher salary-cap limit could give Ravens a boost, would have nearly $20 million in space

    Higher salary-cap limit could give Ravens a boost, would have nearly $20 million in space
    As the Ravens continue to haggle with their unrestricted free agents, their financial situation has been upgraded. With the salary cap for NFL teams now projected to be $130 million for the 2014 fiscal year, as reported by the NFL Network and ESPN,...
  • Ravens will have choices in 'the best wide receiver draft' in years

    Ravens will have choices in 'the best wide receiver draft' in years
    The Ravens are optimistic they will find the type of wide receiver they are looking for this offseason. And after listening to Mike Mayock’s conference call on Tuesday, you can see why they are so confident. The respected NFL Network analyst feels...
  • After cutting Vonta Leach and Jameel McClain, Ravens roughly $26 million under salary cap

    After cutting Vonta Leach and Jameel McClain, Ravens roughly $26 million under salary cap
    The Ravens have carved out more salary-cap breathing room by terminating the contracts of veteran fullback Vonta Leach and inside linebacker Jameel McClain on Thursday, creating $4.95 million in salary cap space. With the salary cap now projected to...
  • Tough decisions await the Ravens with franchise tag

    Tough decisions await the Ravens with franchise tag
    The NFL's annual offseason free agent spending spree won't officially get underway until March 11, but the Ravens will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks. Or is it an $11.5 million decision? The Ravens' evaluation...
  • Ravens could be looking for running back help in NFL draft

    Ravens could be looking for running back help in NFL draft
    Standing inside a hallway at Lucas Oil Stadium last week, coach John Harbaugh delivered a blunt assessment of one of the Ravens' thorniest issues. Upgrading the running game ranks atop the Ravens' agenda following a frustrating season in which they were...