About 10 months removed from surgery to repair ACL and MCL tears in his left knee, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn't tucking the ball in and scrambling too much these days.
However, if he does do some running or even lowers his shoulder on a defender Sunday against the New York Giants, there will be at least one person on the home sideline at MetLife Stadium that won't be the least bit surprised.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, 39,was a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, when Flacco was a freshman for the Panthers. Flacco ultimately transferred to Delaware because he wanted a better path to playing time, but he made an impression on McAdoo in their limited time together.
"We had opportunity sessions after practice, and he was running around, running linebackers over in practice. It was full contact," McAdoo said Wednesday in a conference call with Baltimore-area reporters. "You saw his size, his length; he had big forearms back then, so you knew he would be able to chuck it. He had great arm strength and arm talent. He was willing to sit in the pocket and he still is to this day. He is a very resilient guy."
McAdoo remembered one particular play in a practice leading up to the Continental Tire Bowl in 2003. Flacco ran out of the pocket and then ran over one of the Panthers linebackers.
Flacco has 10 carries this season for 17 yards and two touchdowns.