Broncos QB Drew Lock suffered a "bad sprain" to his right thumb in Monday night's preseason game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lock doesn't need surgery, but he's expected to be sidelined into the regular season, reports insider Mike Klis. Lock wasn't threatening QB Joe Flacco's starting job anyway, and this injury kills any chance he had to hit the field early this year.
The Broncos traded up to select Missouri QB Drew Lock with the 42nd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Lock was commonly mocked to Denver with the 10th pick but ends up dropping into Round 2. Lock looks the part: 6’4, 228 pounds with a big arm. But he was inconsistent throughout his 4 years at Missouri, completing just 56.9% of his passes. Lock did post a career-best 62.9% completion rate this past season, to go along with 28 TDs vs. 8 INTs. But he ranked just 13th in this draft class in both adjusted completion rate and adjusted completion rate vs. the blitz. Lock’s best asset is his deep ball. Only 3 QBs in this class finished with a better adjusted completion rate on throws 20+ yards downfield. He’s also a plus athlete, earning a 76th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. So Lock might tally more rushing production as a pro than he did at Missouri. He figures to sit behind Joe Flacco for most or all of 2019 but should get a shot at the starting gig in 2020.
The Ravens and Broncos have agreed to a trade that will send QB Joe Flacco to Denver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal can't be made official until the new league year starts on March 13. Flacco had flashes of elite play in Baltimore, but his 11 seasons there are best described as mediocre. He sports a career 61.7% completion rate, 6.7 yards per attempt and 212 TDs vs. 136 INTs. Flacco is clearly heading to Denver to take over as the Broncos' starter, though, which means the end of the Case Keenum Era. Considering Flacco is 34, this move shouldn't take Denver out of the running to select a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft. Note that the Broncos can get out of Flacco's contract after the 2019 season with 0 dead money.
Update: The Ravens will receive Denver's 4th-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Flacco.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He’ll back up rookie Lamar Jackson and isn’t expected to have a package of plays. Flacco should only see the field if Jackson gets hurt or struggles mightily.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. HC John Harbaugh said earlier this week that Flacco will be active as QB Lamar Jackson’s backup. That adds a bit of risk to the rookie fantasy’s profile, but he remains a QB2 with upside.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that QB Lamar Jackson will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Joe Flacco (hip) has been cleared and will be the backup. Flacco's presence still adds risk to Jackson's Week 15 fantasy profile, though. Baltimore might install a package of plays for Flacco (like they did for Jackson earlier this season). And it makes it easier for the Ravens to pull Jackson if he struggles. Consider the rookie more of a high-upside QB2 than a QB1 for Week 15.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh remained cryptic when asked Monday about QB Joe Flacco's role when healthy. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan. He's too good of a player not to be," Harbaugh said. "We have a plan. We have to talk to the guys about it. Whether we share that publicly, we'll have to decide as the week goes on." We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation. If Flacco is active for Sunday's game against the Bucs, it'll make QB Lamar Jackson a much riskier fantasy play.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. That makes QB Lamar Jackson a safer fantasy play.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs. He put in a full practice on Friday — his 1st since suffering that hip injury. If Flacco is active on Sunday, he’s expected to back up QB Lamar Jackson. But it’d add some risk to Jackson’s fantasy outlook because Baltimore could bench him if he struggles.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. We’ll see if he’s ready to play next week. Lamar Jackson gets another start today and is a borderline QB1.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday but is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game in Atlanta. QB Lamar Jackson will start that one. We’ll see if Flacco is ready to return — and if Baltimore goes back to him — for Week 14.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) put in a limited practice on Friday -- his 1st since suffering that hip injury in Week 9. QB Lamar Jackson is still fully expected to start this weekend's game against the Falcons, but Flacco might be ready for Week 14. How Jackson plays on Sunday might determine who's under center against the Chiefs in 10 days.
The Ravens plan to start QB Lamar Jackson for Sunday’s game at Atlanta, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. The news isn’t surprising, as Joe Flacco hasn’t gained medical clearance from his hip injury. Jackson’s run hot and cold as a passer but owns a whopping 190 rushing yards through 2 starts. He’ll carry top-15 potential into the road matchup.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. That leaves Baltimore with QBs Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin. ESPN’s Jamison Hensley believes the “most likely scenario” is Jackson getting the start and Robert Griffin “mixing in for some series and special packages.” Jackson has some QB2 appeal thanks to his rushing ability and this plus matchup. But he can’t be trusted as a QB1 when he won’t play 100% of the snaps.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) missed practice again on Thursday. QB Lamar Jackson was also sidelined with an illness. That shouldn't keep him out of this weekend's game against the Bengals, but the missed practice could hurt his chances of getting the start if Flacco can't go. QB Robert Griffin took all the reps in Thursday's workout.
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