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Can Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco shake the rust off?

NFL: Baltimore Ravens-Training Camp Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been productive in training camp as he returns from tearing his ACL and MCL last season but has also been cautious as the Ravens decided to rest him in week 1 of the preseason against the Carolina Panthers.

Since Flacco hasn’t seen any action in live games yet, is there a concern that he might be too rusty for the start of the regular season? Well that shouldn’t be a problem as Flacco discussed via

“I’m not worried about it; I’ve played plenty of games. I think the biggest reason to get back out there is to get back in live action and see what it feels like again. But it doesn’t really take too long to do that, so whatever we do is going to be for a reason. It’s not going to be not for a reason. Whatever happens, happens, and I’m going to be comfortable either way.”

As long as Flacco understands the offensive playbook in and out, there really shouldn’t be much of a concern on his end. And quite frankly, the Ravens skill position players have pretty much been a revolving door in terms of availability due to injuries to key players like tight end Crockett Gillmore, and wide receivers in Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman and even Michael Campanaro to name a few have had little to no availability during training camp.

So regardless of whether or not Flacco sees time during the preseason, chemistry is still needed. And Flacco hasn’t had the full compliment of players to develop that kind of chemistry.