Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith held his annual charity basketball game Saturday at Royal Farms Arena. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco joked that he didn't want to embarrass himself, so it didn't bother him that he had to remain on the sidelines for Torrey Smith's charity basketball game Saturday at Royal Farms Arena.
But obviously the biggest reason that his participation was limited to a couple of long-range jump shots during warmups was his surgically repaired left knee.
"I feel good," Flacco said. "Can't complain - getting better and better each week."
Flacco, 31, had surgery in December to fix ACL and MCL tears in his knee, which prematurely ended his 2015 season. In every interview since, Flacco has declined to provide a timeline for his return. However, his goal remains to be ready for the start of training camp in July.
"I believe so," Flacco said when asked if he feels that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "It's not like I've been told a timeline or anything like that. I can't really say one way or the other. I can tell each week. Toward the end of the week, I'm feeling sore and I'm hurting. And by next Monday, I'm feeling better than I did the last week."
Flacco has been at the team facility nearly every day this offseason, rehabilitating his knee. Meanwhile, one floor up, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the front office have worked hard to get a couple of weapons for his quarterback.
The Ravens signed tight end Benjamin Watson and wide receiver Mike Wallace last month. They are also expecting 2015 first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman to return from his knee injury.
"I'm excited about it. I'm obviously not going to be able to get out there and get going for a little bit of time, but I'm excited that when I do, we'll have a good team put together," Flacco said.
"I feel great. I really do. I felt like we had a good football team last year. We just weren't able to put it together and win games. There's a lot that goes into winning games in the NFL. We have a lot of work to do, but I think we're going to have a good foundation to start with and have the ability to win a lot of games this year."
Flacco also said that he expects Wallace to have a significant impact after the wide receiver struggled last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
"He's a talented guy. He can run, he can catch. He can do a lot of things," Flacco said. "I'm planning on him coming in here having a big impact on our football team and helping us win a lot of games."