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Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson Put the Rumors to Rest and So Should We

May 22, 2018 - 11:29 am

By Joe Schiller

When the Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 draft, one question came to mind: How would Joe Flacco respond?

Entering the final season with any guaranteed money on his contract, the 33-year old has kept silent as his “Joe Cool” nickname would suggest. But that demeanor that many have cherished about Flacco has come back to haunt him. His lack of reported communication with Jackson has brought about a multitude of controversy.

Back and forth reports stated that Flacco never reached out to Jackson and that he never returned any of his text messages. It’s an oversaturated saga brought to attention by the public during a dry period in the offseason that was finally put to rest yesterday as the Ravens began OTAs.

Flacco and Jackson seemed to have no problems with each other, showing that, in fact, No. 5 and No. 8 can co-exist on the same team.

In a time where social media and instant communication dominate the sports world any missed call or text can stir up issues. In the Ravens’ case, this isn’t something to obsess over.

As made clear by the coaching staff and front office, Joe Flacco is the starting quarterback heading into the 2018 season. Ozzie Newsome has been aggressive throughout the offseason, stockpiling offensive weapons through free agency and the draft. 

Make no mistake about it, Jackson’s addition is writing on the wall for Flacco. A team doesn’t trade back into the first round to draft a signal caller for no apparent reason. The Ravens have a plan for the future and Jackson will be slowly lurking in the shadows for the starting quarterback spot.

But this is a team that feels they can still compete now and that’s been evident. Let’s not make this into a soap opera before it needs to be.

In the words of owner Steve Bisciotti, “we’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

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