Questions have been raised about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and how he will return from his torn ACL and MCL during the entire offseason and Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken provided good news on that front.
He looks like regular Joe to me," Aiken noted recently via BaltimoreRavens.com. "He came back in and looks the same - the exact same. . . He looks 100 percent to me."
The fact that Aiken can say that Flacco is 100 percent with confidence is huge from the standpoint that Flacco can dive into the same playbook for the second year in a row under Ravens offensive coordinator Mark Trestman. When Flacco suffered his injuries in week 11 of the 2016 season against the St. Louis Rams, he went on to miss the final five regular season games which would have provided more reps in the playbook.
Flacco is still learning the playbook and as training camp goes along, he is going to need all of the reps he can get. In the preseason that may be another story as the Ravens might not want to put too much pressure on him during a meaningless game. In addition, Flacco is going to be looking to gain more chemistry with second-year wide receiver Breshad Perriman, newly acquired free agent Mike Wallace, rookie wide receiver Chris Moore and tight end Ben Watson.
As Flacco gets more comfortable in the playbook, the Ravens will have less to worry about in terms of the offense getting off to a slow start to begin the 2016 season.