The Baltimore Ravens have a set of plays that feature rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, and often that means starter Joe Flacco is split out wide.
Flacco isn’t exactly selling it on those snaps, and at least one of his loved ones has noticed.
Joe Flacco says wife ‘gave me crap’
On Wednesday, Flacco said his wife Dana chastised his body language during the plays when he’s split wide.
“My wife gave me crap one day, told me I need to look more interested out there,” Flacco said, via ESPN. “But I’m just trying to stay out of it. I’m not comfortable out there. I don’t need to get too creative.”
But Flacco has also been told not to move when he’s in at receiver.
Anything to move the offense forward
Flacco has said that he’s in favor of anything that helps the offense gain yards. Five years ago, however, he sang a different tune: in 2013, when the Ravens used a Wildcat-style offense with Tyrod Taylor, Flacco called it a “high school offense.”
Flacco is receiving attention from defenses when he’s split wide, with teams put a defender on him, even though the ball hasn’t been thrown his way.
“You can see me. I’m out there just standing. I really just try to stay out of the way of everything,” he said. “That’s what I’m told to do. That’s what I’m doing.”
Lulling defenses to sleep?
Baltimore running back Alex Collins is happy to see defenses spend as much energy “covering” Flacco as he spends “playing” receiver — and thinks it will pay off in time.
“He’s just luring defenses to sleep. He said he was afraid earlier, but he might be catching some passes if they’re not paying attention to him,” Collins said. “That’s a good thing. Let him keep tricking them over there.”
But Flacco, who hasn’t played receiver with any regularity since he was in middle school, doesn’t share the same sentiment. Asked if he thinks he’ll catch a pass this season, he laughed and said, “I sure hope not.”
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