"It's not easy to come off of a new team and come in here and try to prove to everybody, 'I belong here, I'm a good player,' and at the same time be a leader right away," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "That's the thing you can feel from Eric. He's come in here, and he hasn't been bashful. He's made an impact right away in leading this football team. How he's played on the field, that speaks for itself. Of course, he should be there."