Flacco said it isn't his job to help with the development of second-round pick Drew Lock, Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver reports. "I am not worried about developing guys," Flacco said. "I don't look at that as my job. My job is to go out and win games for this football team."
The comments sound a bit harsh taken out of context, but Flacco is simply making the point that he's too busy learning a new offense and developing chemistry with new teammates to worry about what happens in Denver beyond 2019. He seems to have the full support of coach Vic Fangio, who said the 34-year-old quarterback will take all the first-team reps throughout the offseason program. Flacco's performance in recent seasons suggests Lock has a good chance to make starts before the end of the year, though there doesn't seem to be any competition for the Week 1 job. Flacco and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello have their work cut out for them, as Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) is up against the clock to be ready for the opener, while the rest of the wideout corps accounts for 103 combined receptions in the NFL.
Despite Denver moving up to take Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, the plan is for Lock to back up Flacco, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.
The start of Denver's draft probably couldn't have gone better for Flacco as Denver took a mismatch tight end, Iowa's Noah Fant and then a potential starter at guard in Kansas State's Dalton Risner. On the very next pick, the Broncos moved up for Lock, who general manager John Elway said was the team's top quarterback in the draft. The Broncos will beat the drum that Lock is just the backup. Elway has even made a Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers comparison and the fact that they took Lock in the second round instead of the first surely helps. It is clear, however, that the Broncos' draft has thus far helped Flacco be successful this season, but perhaps only this season.
Despite trading for Flacco, the Broncos are set to hold workouts with each of the draft's presumptive top four quarterbacks, Nick Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Jhabvala also reported that general manager John Elway joked a bit about perceptions that he's enamored with Missouri's Drew Lock and indicated that trading back from No. 10 might be difficult with a weak quarterback class. Certainly, there are some mixed signals here. If nothing else, it suggests -- despite Elway's comments that Flacco is entering his prime -- the team is going to exercise due diligence. Though Flacco supporters will point to his return to a Kyle Shanahan/Gary Kubiak system as reason for optimism, Flacco has topped a passer rating of 90.0 just twice in his entire career and not since 2014. For comparison, 72.7 percent of eligible quarterbacks topped a rating of 90.0 last season. Flacco has some work to do to be a fixture in Denver, and the Broncos might strike while the iron is hot before he gets a real chance.
The Ravens agreed in principle Wednesday to trade Flacco to the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The trade won't become official until March 13, when the new league year begins. Baltimore was only able to net a 2019 fourth-round pick in exchange for the quarterback, who is scheduled to earn an $18.5 million base salary in 2019, per OverTheCap.com. Of course, the 34-year-old might be willing to accept a pay cut in exchange for what might amount to one of his best opportunities around the NFL to win a starting job. It isn't clear what the Broncos plan to do with fellow quarterback Case Keenum, who is scheduled for a $21 million cap hit if he's on the roster or a $10 million charge if he isn't (per OverTheCap.com). The Broncos may envision a competition between Flacco and Keenum, or they could trade/release the latter and then bring in a young signal-caller.
Coach John Harbaugh intimated last week that the Ravens likely won't retain Flacco for 2019, instead expecting to proceed with Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "Joe Flacco is going to play really well in this league. Joe can still play," Harbaugh said. "I think we saw that in the first half of the this season. Joe's going to have a market. A lot of teams are going to want Joe, because they understand that. I'll be in Joe's corner, wherever he's at, unless we play him."
After Jackson replaced an injured Flacco as starter in Week 11 and retained the top gig once the veteran was healthy again en route to guiding the Ravens to six wins in their final seven regular-season contests, there was never much of an expectation that Flacco was long for the roster. Due $18.5 million in 2019, Flacco is too pricey to be rostered as a backup, a reality Harbaugh acknowledged in his comments following the Ravens' wild-card loss to the Chargers on Jan. 6. Given that Flacco has failed to crack 7.0 yards per attempt in any of the past four seasons and owns a mediocre 64:46 TD:INT over that span, it's fair to wonder if that salary may be too rich for another team to pay even if it envisions him serving as a starter. With that in mind, the Ravens could struggle to find a trade partner this offseason and may end up releasing him outright, which would enable Flacco to sign with a team at a salary more appropriate for his talent.
Flacco appeared in nine games in 2018, completing 61 percent of his passes for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions before suffering a hip injury and ultimately being replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens' selection of Jackson in the first round of the 2018 draft signaled the end of the Flacco era in Baltimore, but it wasn't clear when exactly the changing of the guard would happen. Flacco kept the job out of camp and started out strong by completing 64.3 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and two picks to lead the Ravens to a 3-1 record to begin the year. He backslid after that point, however, seeing his completion percentage drop to 58.7 and notching a 4:4 TD:INT ratio in his next four outings before suffering a hip injury. Jackson took over from there and led the Ravens to their first division crown since 2012 and it looks like the future is now in Baltimore. With that, and with Flacco's significant 2019 salary of $18.5 million, it seems that he will be in a different uniform come September.
The Ravens are expected to move on from Flacco this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on the "NFL GameDay Morning" program. "Look at Flacco's future, he's 33 years old, he's set to make $18.5 million next year. The Ravens are expected to move on from him this offseason," Rapoport said. "They'll incur $16 million of dead money, but, of course, they're not going to bring him back as a backup making $16 million."
Now having fully recovered from the right hip injury that sidelined him for the past four games, Flacco will suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers as the No. 2 quarterback for the first time in his career. With Lamar Jackson leading the team to a 3-1 record through his first four starts, the Ravens appear inclined to cast their lot with the rookie moving forward, leaving no room in 2019 for Flacco as an expensive backup. Given Flacco's underwhelming production over the last few years, teams in the market for a starter may not willing to pay the money remaining on his contract either, leaving the possibility open for the Ravens to release the veteran if a trade can't be worked out over the offseason. If Flacco does latch on elsewhere at a team-friendlier price, he would likely serve as little more than a bridge starter to a younger signal-caller.
Flacco (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers but will serve as the backup quarterback to Lamar Jackson.
Flacco practiced in full all week, so the active status was expected. However, with Jackson having forged a 3-1 record as a starter, he'll remain in the top job against a vulnerable Tampa defense in Week 15. Flacco's active status knocks Robert Griffin III back to an inactive designation.
The Ravens list Flacco (right hip) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Flacco was listed as a full practice participant all week, so he'll presumably be available this weekend. In any case, assuming he's in uniform Sunday, he's be in line to back up Lamar Jackson, who has been confirmed as the Ravens' Week 15 starting QB.
Coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco (hip) would practice fully Wednesday and will face no restrictions as he returns to action in a backup role Sunday against the Buccaneers, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Flacco ready to go after missing the Ravens' previous four games with a strained right hip, Harbaugh was finally forced to make a tough decision between the veteran and Lamar Jackson as his starting quarterback. To little surprise, Jackson was named the Week 15 starter after sparking a dormant rushing attack over the past four weeks while leading the Ravens to wins in three of those contests. Jackson could still use some polish as a passer -- he's completed only 58.4 percent of his throws for 6.8 yards per attempt, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season -- but Flacco (61.2 percent, 6.5 YPA, 12:4 TD:INT in nine games) doesn't represent a major upgrade on that front. There's a possibility that Harbaugh could rotate Flacco in for a few snaps per game to keep opposing defenses guessing, but the 33-year-old likely won't see enough involvement to warrant a lineup spot even in most two-quarterback formats.
Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco (hip) would serve as the backup to Lamar Jackson (ankle) in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
After logging full practice participation last Friday before being listed as inactive for the fourth straight week ahead of Sunday's overtime loss to the Chiefs, Flacco seems to have just about moved past the right hip issue that has been plaguing him. Despite his improved health, Flacco will surrender the starting gig for the first time in his NFL career, in part due to his spotty play beforehand. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Harbaugh said that he made the decision because he felt Jackson, who guided Baltimore to three wins in four starts to keep the team's playoff hopes afloat, gives the Ravens the best chance to win right now. While Jackson's presence has elevated the Ravens' suddenly potent running attack, he's shown some limitations as a passer, making it possible that Flacco will have a minor role in the game plan Sunday if the Ravens wish to dial up a big play downfield.
Coach John Harbaugh suggested Flacco (hip) will have a role Week 15 against Tampa Bay, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's too good of a player not to be."
Harbaugh seems to be hinting at splitting snaps between his two quarterbacks rather than having Flacco replace Lamar Jackson (ankle) as the starter. The team needs Jackson on the field to run the ball effectively, but he does leave a lot to be desired in obvious passing situations, even after showing some progress on that front during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Jackson's ankle injury adds another dimension to the situation, though both he and Harbaugh have downplayed the severity. If nothing else, Flacco should be available as the team's No. 2 quarterback after spending the past four weeks on the inactive list. This won't be the last we hear about the Ravens' quarterback situation this week.
Flacco (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Despite advancing to full practice participation Friday and expressing confidence in the health of his right hip, Flacco will be sidelined for a fourth straight contest. The choice to make Flacco inactive might just be the coaching staff passing the buck on the tough decision of demoting Flacco the No. 2 role behind Lamar Jackson, who has guided the Ravens to a 3-0 record in the veteran's stead. Jackson will face his stiffest test to date against the 10-2 Chiefs, so if the rookie can generate an upset on the road or at least keep the Ravens competitive, it stands to reason that he'll stick in the starting role Week 15 against the Buccaneers regardless of Flacco's health. Assuming no setbacks in practice during the upcoming week, Flacco will have a good chance to at least serve as the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Robert Griffin for that contest.
Flacco, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, is dealing with a small tear in his right hip but is rapidly approaching full health, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The specifics of the right hip injury Flacco has been dealing with for the past month hadn't been revealed, so Rapoport's report provides some illumination on that front. After sitting out the Ravens' last three games and practicing throughout this week -- including in full capacity Friday -- Flacco believes he's healthy enough to start. It's unclear if the Ravens agree with that assessment, however, or if they're even eager to hand the top gig back to Flacco if they are comfortable with his health. Over the past three games while filling in for Flacco, Lamar Jackson hasn't offered much of an upgrade as a passer, but his dynamic ability as a runner has sparked the Baltimore offense en route to three consecutive wins. With that in mind, it's expected Jackson will receive another start in Kansas City, though Flacco could have a role in the game plan if he dresses as the No. 2 quarterback.
Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
Despite closing out the week as a full practice participant, Flacco still needs to gain clearance from the medical staff before he can be active for a game. He would likely be filling a backup role Sunday, as the Ravens have won three consecutive games utilizing a run-heavy offense with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Coach John Harbaugh at one point mentioned the possibility of splitting snaps between his two quarterbacks, but he didn't bring up the idea this week. The Ravens haven't actually named a starter and may wait until early Sunday to do so.
Flacco (hip) practiced fully Friday but has yet to receive medical clearance for game action, though that could happen prior to Sunday's contest in Kansas City, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged the possibility of a scenario in which Flacco returns to active status and replaces Robert Griffin as the No. 2 quarterback, allowing Lamar Jackson to retain the starting job. The consensus among Ravens beat reporters is that the rookie is on track for at least one more start after leading the team to three consecutive victories against weak opponents. Harbaugh has yet to reveal his plans at quarterback and may even choose not to announce a starter until right before the 1 p.m. EST kickoff Sunday.
Flacco (hip) practiced Friday for the third straight day, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Flacco was able to practice all three days this week for the first time since injuring his hip in Week 9, but the report notes the quarterback still "appears to have a slight hitch when he moves around." Hensley's tidbit suggests Flacco may not be ready to play this weekend against the Chiefs, offering further fuel to the notion that Lamar Jackson will remain under center for the Ravens. An official update on Flacco's status for Sunday will come after Friday's practice concludes.
Flacco (hip) displayed improved mobility during Wednesday's practice, but Lamar Jackson is expected to get another Sunday in Kansas City, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Still a limited participant, Flacco needs medical clearance to play in a game and may be stuck in a backup role even after that happens. It makes sense for the Ravens to go with a run-first approach led by Lamar Jackson in Week 14, hoping to drain the clock and limit the number of total possessions while taking aim at a Chiefs defense ranked 31st in yards allowed per carry (5.1) for the season. The plan might fall apart if Patrick Mahomes stakes the Chiefs to a large lead and forces Baltimore to abandon the run, but it's a chance worth taking when playing as a sizable underdog on the road. That being said, the Ravens haven't made an announcement on their Week 14 starter and probably won't be in any rush to do so.
Coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco (hip) would be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, though it's expected the quarterback will increase his workload relative to what he was able to do last week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Idle since Nov. 4 with the right hip injury, Flacco returned to practice in a limited fashion last Thursday and repeated the activity Friday before being ruled out ahead of Sunday's eventual 26-16 win over the Falcons. Flacco looks like a decent bet to upgrade to full participation in practice by Friday and gain medical clearance to play in the Ravens' Week 14 matchup with the Chiefs, though he may be forced to handle a backup role for the first time in his NFL career. Before getting hurt, Flacco had averaged just 6.5 yards per target and completed only 61.2 percent of his passes through the Ravens' first nine games while guiding the team to a 4-5 record. Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson has since stepped in as the starter and led the team to three consecutive wins largely through his work on the ground (54 carries for 265 yards). Jackson has offered similar production to Flacco as a passer (60 percent completion rate, 7.0 YPA) during that stretch.
Flacco (hip) will increase his practice workload in the coming days, with a decision on medical clearance likely waiting until the end of the week, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Regardless of whether he's already made a decision, coach John Harbaugh acknowledged the value in not revealing his preference between Flacco and Lamar Jackson as the starter at quarterback. There was no decision to make last week because Flacco didn't have medical clearance, but it sounds as if the 33-year-old has a real shot to be available for Week 14 in Kansas City. Harbaugh has mentioned the possibility of using both quarterbacks, in which case Flacco might replace Jackson for obvious passing situations.
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