Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
2 weeks ago

Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 47-3 win over Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Lamar Jackson might be the future in Baltimore, but Flacco looks like he's ready to push it off for a while. Baltimore has struggled with providing Flacco with quality receivers in recent seasons. On Sunday, Flacco connected with three new targets on scores. He has some tough matchups against the Bengals and Broncos coming up, but maybe a new collection of targets is just what Flacco needed to rekindle his career.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
4 weeks ago

Flacco isn't in uniform for Saturday's preseason game in Miami, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco has fared well this preseason, completing 12 of 16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns across four possessions. Entrenched as the starting quarterback for now, he may not be so lucky in the regular season if there are numerous bumps in the road. In particular, the Ravens traded up to select Lamar Jackson in the first round of this year's draft, a development that put the writing on the wall for the Flacco era in Baltimore.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
1 month ago

Flacco completed seven of nine passes for 72 yards and one touchdown during Monday's preseason win at Indianapolis.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco continues to do his best to fend off rookie signal-caller Lamar Jackson, ending his third and final possession with a seven-yard connection with John Brown in the back of the end zone. The touchdown marked Flacco's second overall in four total series, and he's also completed better than 70 percent of his passes in both exhibitions. Meanwhile, Jackson has cobbled together a 41.9 completion percentage and just 4.2 yards per carry across three appearances. Flacco is set to enter the season as the starter, but any sign of slippage over a number of games could result in calls for Jackson.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
1 month ago

Flacco expects to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Rams, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco isn't slated to play much throughout the preseason as the Ravens' clear-cut No. 1 QB, but he expects to be deployed for one or two drives against the Rams on Thursday. His likely limited participation in Thursday's tilt should allow for Robert Griffin, rookie Lamar Jackson and Josh Woodrum to split time leading the offense.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
2 months ago

Flacco won't play in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bears, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic-Baltimore reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco has reportedly been excellent through the first two weeks of training camp, perhaps drawing motivation from his team's decision to draft Lamar Jackson at the end of the first round in April. A new group of wide receivers also seems to be helping, with Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead replacing Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Campanaro. While he may eventually find his job in danger, Flacco is locked in as the Week 1 starter and doesn't figure to get a ton of playing time this preseason. Jackson, Robert Griffin and Josh Woodrum will handle the quarterback reps during Thursday's exhibition in Canton.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
2 months ago

Flacco has shown improved mobility during the opening days of training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "It looks like he's moving and grooving better than he has in several years," said Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

EDGE Analysis

While never much of a rushing threat, Flacco at least displayed passable athleticism for most of his career prior to suffering a torn ACL in November 2015. He wore a brace on his left knee the past two seasons, but the bigger issue in 2017 was a back injury that held him out for the entire preseason and seemed to bother him into the regular season. Flacco did average 253 passing yards and two TDs per game in December, finally looking healthy as the Ravens came up just short of a wild-card spot. It was enough to lock him in as the Week 1 starter for another season, but not enough to prevent the team from selecting Lamar Jackson at No. 32 overall in April's draft. While he'll likely be limited to occasional snaps in special packages to begin his career, the Heisman winner could get a look as the starter if Flacco struggles or the Ravens fail to compete for the playoffs. The 33-year-old quarterback saw his pass-catching corps undergo a complete makeover in the offseason, with Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Hayden Hurst (undisclosed) and Mark Andrews replacing Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Campanaro and Ben Watson.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
5 months ago

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said first-round selection Lamar Jackson will have "a chance to develop" while learning behind Flacco.

EDGE Analysis

Baltimore's decision to trade up for Jackson leaves Flacco on shaky ground for the future, though it probably won't threaten his status as the Week 1 starter for 2018. He's coming off back-to-back seasons averaging less than 6.5 yards per pass attempt, and he has non-guaranteed base salaries of $18.5 million for 2019 and $20.25 million for 2020 , per OverTheCap. Harbaugh suggested that the Ravens plan to roll with Flacco as their starter for at least one more year, but the offseason additions of Jackson and Robert Griffin suggest that the 33-year-old will have a shorter leash than he did in the past. Baltimore also has prioritized pass-catching talent this offseason, signing wideouts John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead, then drafting tight end Hayden Hurst at No. 25 overall.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
6 months ago

With Flacco healthy and boasting a couple new weapons, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is counting on "exponential" growth from the passing attack, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harbaugh's expectation feels overly optimistic, as it isn't entirely clear that the team's new wideout duo of Michael Crabtree and John Brown will be an upgrade on Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin. The Ravens do figure to add more talent at wideout and tight end before Week 1, having already shown interest in restricted free agents Willie Snead and Cameron Meredith. Flacco started all 16 games last year, but it did seem that a back injury from the summer impacted him early in the campaign. He sat out all of training camp and the preseason, and then threw for less than 250 yards each of his first eight games. Flacco did improve at the end of the year, accounting for 10 touchdowns (including one rushing) over the final five weeks while averaging 253.2 passing yards. A normal, healthy offseason would help him build trust with Crabtree and Brown, as well as any other receivers the Ravens might acquire before training camp.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
9 months ago

Flacco completed 25 of 47 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco picked things up after halftime, but completed only 5 of 19 passes for 28 yards in the first half. The spark was a six-yard touchdown to receiver Chris Moore at the end of the first half, set up by Moore's 87-yard kick return. The Ravens offense looked like a different team after that, with the only real blemish being a redzone pick-six on a pass bobbled by Moore. Despite the abysmal first half, the veteran signal caller continued his strong play down the stretch, but ultimately fell short of carrying Baltimore to the postseason.

Joe Flacco
QB BAL (10)
9 months ago

Flacco completed 29 of 38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 23-16 win over the Colts.

EDGE Analysis

With Baltimore nursing a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Flacco sold the play fake and found tight end Maxx Williams in the flat for a four-yard score. The final stat line might not look like much, but it amounted to Flacco's best performance of the season from a quarterback-rating perspective. After running lukewarm and mostly cold earlier in the season, Flacco has been solid during the Ravens' last six games, of which Baltimore has won five. Flacco has tossed eight touchdowns to just two picks in that span, but takes on a Cincinnati team to close that season that gave him fits in Week 1.