In terms of blocking for talented quarterbacks, D.J. Fluker has perhaps the best resume of any offensive lineman in the league in recent years.
Fluker went from the Chargers and Philip Rivers from 2013-16, to Eli Manning and the Giants in 2017 to begin his career. Then, he spent the last two seasons with Russell Wilson in Seattle before he signed with the Ravens as a free agent to block for reigning MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Now, he’ll have to adjust for blocking for yet another quarterback, albeit one that makes his life easier.
“They’re both good,” Fluker said Wednesday of Wilson and Jackson. “Playing with Russ, playing with Lamar, both good quarterbacks...(Lamar) reminds me of Michael Vick. I’ve never seen a guy with so much speed. He’s a great quarterback. Young, still learning. He has a little chip on his shoulder. Having a quarterback like that makes things a whole lot easier.”
Jackson, who was the youngest MVP in NFL history, led the league in touchdown passes and broke the single-season rushing record for quarterbacks with 1,206 yards on the ground.
He’s looked even sharper in training camp this year so far, but that hasn’t been a surprise to any of his teammates.
“Win or lose vs. Tennessee, Lamar has the attitude that he brings to the game that he wants to get better every time he’s out on the field,” tight end Nick Boyle said. “I’ve always seen leadership from him, I’ve always seen the humbleness, he’s one of the nicest guys in the locker room, and he’s the most respected.”