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Ravens Continue to Implement Trickery, But How Much Will We See?

July 31, 2018 - 10:46 am

By Joe Schiller

There’s been an oversaturated amount about Joe Flacco the quarterback … but how about Joe Flacco the receiver?

Back during Flacco’s rookie season, he caught a 43-yard pass thrown by Troy Smith. The play showed off an impressive amount of athleticism for the 6’6” quarterback. Fast forward to the 2018 offseason and the Ravens have implemented some trickery into training camp,

During Saturday’s practice, the Ravens released this video of Flacco snagging a touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson.

Those in attendance on Monday also got a first-hand look at Flacco catching more passes from Jackson.

Sound familiar?

Flacco is the unquestioned starter at this point, but the two-quarterback sets and trick plays are intriguing for an offense that lacked much excitement last season.

As the Ravens prepare for their first preseason game on Thursday night, fans and pundits will be anxious to see if any tricks will be implemented.

When asked about that, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg spoke on the logic of showing off trick plays:

“There are two philosophies to the thing – and I’ve done it both ways – where you show very little, and so they don’t quite know what to prepare for, or you show them so much that they have a hard time preparing for it. We’ve got five games, and it’s hard not to show much and give the fellas a chance to have some success … The offensive staff has a pretty good plan, and it’s not set in stone, so we can make adjustments for all five games.”

The Ravens are a veteran organization. They wouldn’t be showing off something too much to the public that they didn’t want to. It’s garnered talk from national media and there’s certainly a buzz in Owings Mills heading into the season.

Time will only tell at this point but if Flacco can stay healthy (and learn how to properly slide without breaking his brace), the Ravens could fool teams with two, yes two, athletic quarterbacks on the field at the same time.