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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Report: Ravens players believe Lamar Jackson pick motivated Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

It sounds as if the Baltimore Ravens are going to get a very motivated Joe Flacco for the 2018 season.

According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, there is a belief that the Ravens’ decision to draft quarterback Lamar Jackson has made Flacco more motivated this offseason, and that notion is backed by safety Eric Weddle.

“Drafting Lamar and bringing [Robert] Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under him,” Weddle said. “You can tell. It has shown.”

Just how much this will help is an open question. The prevailing belief is that the Ravens were sending a message to Flacco by trading up into the first round to select Jackson, and that that message has been received. Will it lead to a more efficient and successful Flacco on the field? Only time will tell. Given the belief that the Ravens will cut him after the season if he and the offense don’t show significant improvement, his career in Baltimore may hinge on it.

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