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Joe Flacco highlights importance of relationships with new receivers

April 17, 2018 - 4:36 pm

By Joe Schiller

Entering his 11th season under center in Baltimore, Joe Flacco understands the importance of chemistry with his receivers. It’s something the Ravens’ passing game lacked last season as they produced a measly 189.4 yards through the air, good enough for fourth worst in the NFL.

Struggles stemmed from Flacco’s back injury, which sidelined him for the majority of the 2017 offseason. It wasn’t until eight days ahead of the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals that he finally returned to the practice field. By that time, there was no room error. 

Now fully healthy, Flacco participated in the team’s voluntary offseason workout programs yesterday and took the podium today to speak to the media.

With a completely reshaped wide receiver core headlined by the free agent additions of Michael Crabtree and John Brown, Flacco expressed the importance of developing relationships with his new targets during the offseason.

“There’s no doubt, that stuff is important and we’ll do it,” Flacco said via Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun

This isn’t something new for a quarterback like Flacco. He’s played with a number of veteran wide receivers over the years including Derek Mason, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith Sr. and most recently Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin. 

But since the Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning season in 2012, Flacco's production has faltered as the team has made the postseason just once in the last five years.

The Ravens aren't likely done adding pass-catchers, making the need for developed relationships between Flacco and his new targets that much more important.