Drafted in 2008 out of Delaware, Joe Flacco entered the NFL as a string bean. He stood 6'6" and weighed 235 lbs. but his play on the field showed the modest strength behind those skinny arms. Now, five years, three AFC Championships and a Super Bowl MVP later, Joe has shown to be the best deep ball thrower in the league and is in the conversation for strongest arm in the NFL as well. "Joe Cool" is coming off of a post season in which he abused teams over the top, constantly making the big play down field even when teams knew that was exactly what he wanted to do. There was no stopping him.
Last season Flacco bulked up a bit and played at 245 lbs. As he has grown into his body, Flacco has shown some of that great elusive strength that has made Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger so successful over the years. Unfortunately for Roethlisberger, constantly having defenders hanging off of him while trying to complete a pass has taken a toll on his body and he has been hampered by injuries the last few seasons.
Today, ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio reported from Ravens OTA's. The one thing that struck him was Flacco's increased muscle mass just from last season. According to Sal, Flacco is now at 250-255 lbs. and has put on sheer muscle mass as he prepares for the rigors of another NFL season and hopefully another long playoff run.
Joe already has one of the strongest arms in the game. He is now one of, if not the biggest starting quarterback in the NFL. At 28 years old he is filling out at a normal rate but it is great to know he is turning that mass into muscle so he can use it on the field. Playing at 255 lbs. Joe Flacco will be one hard guy to tackle in 2013. Add in an improved offensive line and we could be in for quite an offensive treat in Baltimore this season.