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Joe Flacco Will Plan Workouts With Receivers

June 15, 2018 - 10:34 am

By Joe Schiller

Around this time last year, Joe Flacco missed the majority of the offseason dealing with a back injury. One year later, he’s fully healthy and throwing the best deep balls of his career.

With all the pressure surrounding Flacco, he’s tasked with developing chemistry with a new-look receiving core. Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman are the only two receivers on the current roster that caught a pass for the Ravens last season. An influx of free agent and rookie talent has given Flacco an entirely new arsenal of weapons.

Now the connection has to be developed.

There was an obvious lapse of chemistry between Flacco and his receiving core last season. The two sides played catch up through the first few weeks of the season, setting the offense back from the start.

Flacco took to the podium yesterday and said he will get together with his receivers in the break the Ravens have from now until training camp.

“They’re not for sure cemented, but I’m going to be getting in touch with Mike [Crabtree], Willie [Snead IV], ‘Smoke’ [John Brown],” said Flacco. “I thought about doing something really close to right now and minicamp, but with the work that we’ve put in for the last four weeks, I want to give these guys a quick break before we actually get together...The good thing with these guys is that they come up to you and say, ‘Hey, Flac, you text me, we’re out there.’ So, we’ll be getting together, and it will be good for us.”

There’s much to improve on from the anemic passing attack last season. The Ravens ranked 29th with just 189.4 passing yards per game and while Flacco posted one of the highest completion percentages of his career, he averaged 5.7 yards per attempt, a career low.

This is an entirely new group of receivers. Each has their own skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses as players. At 6’1”, Michael Crabtree isn’t going to want the ball thrown the same way as Willie Snead at 5’11”.  Understanding these tendencies is the job of the quarterback and as a ten-year veteran, Flacco is the bonafide leader of the offense.

With Alex Collins leading the charge in the backfield, the Ravens have the potential to produce a balanced attack in Marty Mornhinweg’s system. That doesn’t happen until chemistry is developed in the passing game and as the regular season inches ever so closely, it will be the job of Flacco to initiate these workouts.