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Mike Preston: Ravens need a third-down passing threat out of the backfield

Mike Preston: Ravens need a third-down passing threat out of the backfield

There have been a lot of excuses or reasons for quarterback Joe Flacco’s drop off in performance during the last couple of seasons.

He had knee surgery and a back injury. The Ravens didn’t supply him with enough talented receivers. He is inaccurate, has poor mechanics and lost one of the best offensive coaches in recent league history in Gary Kubiak.

Since we’re into explanations, how about this one? The Ravens need to find Flacco a Ray Rice clone. Flacco hasn’t been as consistent since Rice started slowing down in 2013 and was cut a year later after a domestic violence case.

It’s plain and simple: Flacco needs a security blanket.

It’s true the Ravens haven’t...

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