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Flacco's point of emphasis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco already has one of his offseason priorities set out for him. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron wants Flacco to develop more strength in his lower body to help when he has to move around in the pocket.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters that the increased strength will help Flacco "slide one way and still deliver the ball. ... It's a highly technical thing. [Joe] improved in so many things over the year. You can see how he played in the first Tennessee game and then the second Tennessee game. So we just don't know where that ceiling is. But we do know if we can add some other pieces for him, he will become a much better player."

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Those pieces would include a playmaking receiver and possibly a tight end. There are several prospects at the combine, and many of them will still be available in the second round.

Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford said the solid performances by Flacco and the Falcons' Matt Ryan give him confidence that a first-year quarterback can come into the NFL and have an impact. Both Flacco and Ryan left as seniors, however, and Stafford is leaving as a junior.

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Veteran NFL and Ravens writer Ken Murray is covering the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis for The Baltimore Sun. He will keep you updated on developments daily.


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