Naturally, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco feels the most comfortable when he's under center on a Sunday. But with the team trying to utilize the versatility of first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson, Flacco has found himself slotted at wide receiver several times this season.
The change up has certainly made opposing defenses scratch their heads, but Flacco has no plans of becoming a weapon for Jackson anytime soon.
"I'm out there just standing, really just trying to stay out of the way of everything," Flacco said Wednesday. "That's what I'm told to do [so] that's what I'm doing."
After a healthy offseason and new and improved weapons, Flacco is on pace for a record season. Through five games, he's thrown eight touchdowns for 1,550 yards and a 87.8 QB rating. The Super Bowl MVPs toughest critic, however, may be Mrs. Flacco.
"My wife gave me crap the one day, told me I need to look more interested out there, but I'm just trying to stay out of it, man. I'm not comfortable out there, haven't been out there in a very long time. I don't need to get too creative."
Ravens fans will probably side with Flacco erring on the side of caution. After a substandard 2017 where the QB was nursing a back injury for all of training camp and the start of the season, the Flacco we've seen through five weeks has been something to get excited about.
But don't expect the Ravens to run a 'Philly Special' anytime soon. When asked if he'll be running routes in the future, Flacco replied with a smile,"If it needs to be done, it needs to be done. But I sure hope I don't have to do that."
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