Joe Flacco is entering his 11th season as quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, but there’s a bit of extra pressure heading into the 2018 season.
The Ravens drafted rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, meaning that the organization could be gearing up to replace the former Super Bowl winning signal caller in the near future. In addition to Jackson, the Ravens also signed Robert Griffin III.
Last season wasn’t the best for Flacco; who racked up 3,141 yards passing along with a 80.4 rating, which played a factor in the Ravens offense dropping to 27th in the league.
Baltimore has worked on getting Flacco some extra weapons for this season; adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead and a pair of tight ends in Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.
Teammate Eric Weddle told reporters recently that Flacco has had a nice offseason, and he believes the drafting of Jackson has lit a fire under him (quotes via NFL.com):
“He’s obviously been challenged,” Weddle said, via the Ravens’ official website. “We all are. As older players, every year is a prove-it year, and if you don’t believe that, you’re fooling yourself.
“I have to prove that I can still start in this league, that I can compete, that I should be a starter, that I should be on this team. If you don’t, then you’re going to be out of here.
“Now so with drafting Lamar and bringing Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under him. You can tell and he’s shown. He’s worked extremely hard.”
Prior to training camp Flacco plans on brining together his new weapons before training camp so they can get to know each other:
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Flacco said, via the Ravens’ official website. “I mean, these guys, the good thing with these guys is they come up to you and say, ‘Hey, Flac.
“You text me, we’re out there.’ So, we’ll be getting together and it’ll be good for us.”
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