“Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco must hear footsteps,” Gagon said. “There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the team’s top pick, quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the pressure’s on Flacco to deliver with new possession receiver Michael Crabtree in 2018.”
All eyes shifted to Baltimore’s 11th-year quarterback when the team drafted Jackson in the first round. Speculation about when Jackson could take the starting job from Flacco immediately began, with some even claiming it could be as soon as the 2018 season. Meanwhile, Flacco has silently gone to work as usual.
As Gagnon mentioned, ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley had the following to say about Flacco. “Flacco is passing the ball at a different level than the other three quarterbacks on the Ravens roster right now.”
Flacco has been praised for his accuracy and deep ball so far and has seemingly built an early connection with newly acquired receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead. Flacco and Brown have connected on deep passes several times already. The deep passing attack is an element that has been missing from the Ravens’ offense in recent years.
One thing is clear, Baltimore’s success depends on Flacco in 2018. So far things are off to a nice start. Hopefully, a healthy offseason with his receivers can do wonders for Flacco, who missed all of the offseason activities in 2016 while recovering from a torn ACL/MCL, as well as significant time in 2017 with a back injury.