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The Competition 2018: Quarterbacks

Returning Players

Joe Flacco (11th season)
Josh Woodrum (first season)

Free-Agent Signings

Robert Griffin III (sixth season)

Rookies

Lamar Jackson (first round)

Projected Starter

Flacco will be the Ravens’ starter barring injury. The front office and coaches have been clear that he will be under center this year despite drafting Jackson in the first round. After dealing with back issues during the first half of last season, Flacco is healthy again and looking to improve his production from recent seasons. He has better weapons around him and is throwing the ball well this summer. Flacco has shown he’s the most polished quarterback on the roster.

Key Role Players

Jackson will have a role in the offense as a gadget weapon, where he could be on the field at the same time as Flacco. Coaches are still experimenting with how they want to use Jackson’s unique playmaking ability as both a thrower and runner. The question is whether Jackson would be ready to take over the starting role if Flacco were to get injured early in the season. If the Ravens don’t feel comfortable with that, or want to make sure their rookie has more time to develop, they would need to keep Griffin as an insurance policy.

Most Anticipated Battle

Griffin is battling the Ravens’ history of keeping just two quarterbacks, something they’ve done every year since 2009 when they had Troy Smith and John Beck backing up Flacco. Head Coach John Harbaugh has been greatly impressed with how Griffin has carried himself on and off the field.The No. 2-overall pick and 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year looks to restore his former shine.

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