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Where would you rank Flacco among starting QB's?


Where would you rank Flacco among starting QB's?

 It seems Joe Flacco’s success as a postseason quarterback is beginning to earn him a little more national respect.

Throughout Flacco’s career, there has been debate about where he ranks among NFL quarterbacks. This despite being a Super Bowl MVP, with 10 playoff wins already at age 30.

MMQB writer Andy Benoit recently published his ranking of all 32 starting QB’s, and ranked Flacco at No. 8, with this comment.

“Maybe the strongest arm in the NFL (yes arm strength matters), and he’s used it aptly in multiple schemes in recent years,” Benoit wrote. “It’s still incredible how little talk there is about his 2012 playoff run, which is probably the best ever.”

Of the seven quarterbacks, ranked ahead of Flacco, only Andrew Luck (No. 3) and Philip Rivers (No. 6) have not won a Super Bowl. Here’s Benoit’s top 10:

1. Tom Brady

2. Aaron Rodgers

3. Luck

4. Peyton Manning

5. Ben Roethlisberger

6. Rivers

7. Drew Brees

8. Flacco

9. Matt Ryan

10. Tony Romo

You can check out Benoit’s complete list here

When looking at Benoit’s list, several things struck me.

Flacco (age 30) is younger than every quarterback in Beniot’s top 10 except Luck (25) and Ryan, who is also 30, and about fourth months younger than Flacco. Not only has Flacco accomplished plenty, his best seasons should be ahead.

It’s also interesting that Ryan was taken 15 spots ahead of Flacco in the 2008 draft. Ryan went No. 3, while the Ravens traded up to get Flacco at No. 18.

If we had a draft do-over, would Ryan still go ahead of Flacco? No way in my book. Flacco has a stronger arm, is more mobile, and is more accomplished in his career despite Ryan’s gaudier stats. And Ryan has been fortunate to play with elite targets much of his career like Roddy White, Julio Jones, and retired future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez.

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Flacco’s career might not be fully appreciated until it ends, and the Ravens need to replace him. But the list of teams that would rather have someone else as their quarterback keeps getting shorter.



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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.


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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.