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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Quarterback #5
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 245 lb.
College:Delaware
Age:35
Born:January 16, 1985
Drafted:2008 / Rd. 1 (18)
Draft Team:BAL

Joe Flacco: Lands on PUP list

Flacco (neck) has been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Flacco, who underwent a disc repair procedure in early April, has already conceded that he won't be available in time for Week 1, so this comes as no surprise. Once he's cleared for action, the 35-year-old signal-caller will serve as Sam Darnold's top backup.

July 30, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Set to miss season opener

Flacco (neck) confirmed Tuesday he won't be healthy in time for the season opener against the Bills on Sept. 13th, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This was speculated since the veteran quarterback underwent a disc repair procedure in early April, and the Jets were aware of the recovery timeline when they signed him to a one-year, $1.5 million deal last week. Flacco will serve as the top backup to Sam Darnold once healthy, but David Fales and rookie James Morgan will compete in training camp for the job until the veteran is able to suit up.

May 26, 2020 6:13 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Likely set for contact in September

Flacco (neck) is currently throwing and expects to be ready for contact in mid-September, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 35-year-old joined the Jets on a one-year, $1.5 million deal this week, but it doesn't appear he'll be ready to go for the season opener. It's not a major surprise since Flacco underwent a disc repair procedure in early April, and it's about on par with his initial recovery timeline. He's poised to serve as the top backup to Sam Darnold once healthy, but David Fales and rookie James Morgan should compete for the role in training camp for Week 1.

May 23, 2020 5:14 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Agrees to one-year deal with Jets

Flacco (neck) has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Flacco is no longer in the running for a starting job in the NFL, but he will get an opportunity to land a backup gig behind Sam Darnold when he's healthy. He opened the 2018 season as the starter for the Broncos, but a neck injury cost him the back half of it after compiling 1,822 passing yards and a 6:5 TD:INT ratio over eight games. Flacco's new deal can net him up to $4.5 million if he hits his incentive-based bonuses.

May 22, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Undergoes neck procedure

Flacco (neck) has underwent a disc repair procedure in early April and is targeting clearance between late August and mid-September, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Flacco doesn't have a clear path to a starting gig next season at this point, but he could serve as a valuable backup and potentially a mentor somewhere. If the NFL schedule remains on track, Flacco would be ready to roll right around the start of the 2020 campaign.

May 7, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Waived by Broncos

Flacco (neck) will be waived by the Broncos with a failed physical designation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Parting ways with Flacco cements Drew Lock's status as the Broncos' top signal caller going forward. Assuming Flacco is able to move past the neck issue that shortened his 2019 season, the 35-year-old will look to catch on with another team looking to fill a need at QB.

March 19, 2020 9:49 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Encouraging injury news

Flacco underwent an MRI on his neck and received good news, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The results will be sent to Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas for a second opinion, so while things are headed in the right direction, the 35-year-old quarterback still needs to get over some hurdles. Furthermore, whether Flacco returns to action likely depends on what type of risk it would pose to his long-term health. "Joe has every intention to play but not at the risk of his long-term health," Flacco's agent Joe Linta said. We'll have to wait to see how things progress, but Flacco isn't guaranteed a starting role if he is healthy after producing 7.0 yards per target, a 65.0 completion percentage and 6:5 TD:INT ratio over eight games, especially with the emergence of Drew Lock.

February 18, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Finishes season with 1,822 yards

Flacco completed 171 of 262 passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions during an injury-shortened 2019 campaign. He added 20 yards on 12 carries and fumbled the ball eight times.

Analysis: The 2019 season probably wasn't what Flacco and the Broncos expected following his offseason trade from Baltimore. The veteran passer's big arm was seldom on display as he seemed to lack his old mobility to roll out and buy time. Instead, the veteran often stood still in the pocket and dumped the ball off before ending his season eight games in with a neck injury. His play tailed off before that as he averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt and no touchdowns in his final three games. There were some silver linings to the 2019 season, including a career-high completion percentage and his highest quarterback rating and yards per attempt since 2014, but Flacco may very well be one-and-done in Denver. Cutting him would result in $13.6 million in dead money, but all of that is carried over from his restructure in 2019. His cap savings of $10 million can probably be used to try to keep youngsters like Justin Simmons around. Though he's willing to come back as a backup, the Broncos would appear to be better off signing a cheaper veteran behind the presumed quarterback of the future, Drew Lock.

January 4, 2020 10:38 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Decision on surgery coming in January

Flacco (neck) said Monday he expects to undergo an MRI at some point in January to determine whether he'll need surgery to address a herniated disc, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Once Flacco gains clarity on the extent of his injury situation, he noted that he would first decide whether he wants to continue his career before meeting with the Broncos' brass. Flacco is due $20.25 million in 2020 and $24.25 million in 2021, so he would have plenty of incentive to keep playing if doctors give him a favorable prognosis moving forward. The 34-year-old said that he would be willing to serve as a backup to Drew Lock if he sticks around with Denver next season.

December 30, 2019 11:51 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Retaining starting job

Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that Flacco would remain the Broncos' starting quarterback Week 8 in Indianapolis, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Through seven starts, Flacco is completing a career-best 65.6 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per attempt, but he's seen those marks drop down to 62.9 percent and 6.3 YPA the past two weeks while accounting for no touchdowns and turning the ball over two times. Though the Broncos are now sitting at 2-5 and probably don't view the 34-year-old as part of their long-term future, he should have a decent hold on the starting job at least until second-round rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is available. Lock is slated to resume practicing next Wednesday but isn't eligible to return from injured reserve until the Broncos' Week 9 game against the Browns.

October 18, 2019 2:27 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Ball security issues in loss

Flacco completed 21 of 34 passes for 213 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday. He also committed three fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: Flacco escaped with just one official turnover, but he lost the handle on three occasions while taking a beating in the form of eight sacks. The veteran quarterback once again honed in on a very tight circle of pass catchers, with 11 of his completions going to Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders and another four to running back Royce Freeman. Flacco has now gone back-to-back games without a touchdown pass and has just a 6:5 TD:INT on the campaign. Flacco will look to make much more of an impact than in the last two games when the Broncos face the Colts in Week 8 matchup a week from Sunday.

October 17, 2019 9:07 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Ho-hum in win

Flacco completed 18 of 28 passes for 177 yards and lost a yard on four carries during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Flacco was largely ineffective Sunday's slugfest, including an awful underthrown interception off his back foot that bounced off tight end Noah Fant and into the arms of the defender to open the second half. He delivered when it mattered most, however, including a big third-down conversion to Courtland Sutton during Denver's final full drive to set up a field goal to put Denver ahead by 16. Flacco has turned the ball over in five consecutive games and had accounted for multiple touchdowns just once this year. Next up is a Thursday matchup against a Chiefs defense that came into Week 6 ranked eighth best in the league in opponent passer rating, at just 85.7.

October 13, 2019 4:35 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Throws TD pass in win

Flacco completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 182 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Flacco easily set a new low for pass attempts on the season, but he was relatively efficient with his opportunities and finished averaging 9.1 yards per attempt. A large chunk of his production came on a 70-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton in the first quarter, while the defense and the running game took over to grind out the win. Flacco has still led the offense to more than 20 points on just one occasion this season, posting a 6:4 TD:INT across five games. He'll face another tough matchup at home against the Titans next week.

October 6, 2019 6:39 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Puts up big performance

Flacco completed 22 of 38 passes for 303 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 4 against Jacksonville.

Analysis: Flacco got off to a hot start, throwing two touchdowns within the first 17 minutes of the contest. While he cooled off a bit from there, Flacco managed his first 300-yard performance since Sept. 30 and first three-touchdown effort since Week 1 of the 2018 season. While this type of performance shouldn't be counted on every week, Flacco has combined to throw for 595 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in two home games this season. However, he and the Broncos will hit the road for a Week 5 matchup against the Chargers.

September 29, 2019 5:33 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Turns it over twice

Flacco completed 20 of 29 passes for 213 yards and an interception during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay. He added five yards on two carries and lost a fumble.

Analysis: It was enough relatively efficient though unspectacular day for Flacco, but a pair of turnovers stifled any chance the Broncos had of winning. After tying up the game in the second quarter and getting the ball back in the closing moments of the half, Flacco was stripped inside the 10-yard line, setting up an easy Packers score. Later, with Denver driving late in the third quarter, he air mailed an interception. Flacco has been better than Denver's ugly start has indicated, but he did the team no favors Sunday and now has to deal with a Jacksonville defense fresh off a beatdown of the Titans.

September 22, 2019 3:40 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Big volume, little results

Flacco completed 35 of 50 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: While the raw numbers are solid, Flacco's 5.8 yards per attempt indicates just how ineffective he was against a tough Chicago defense. Even so, the veteran QB nearly led the Broncos to an upset win, putting together a 12-play drive capped by a seven-yard TD strike and then a two-point conversion, both to Emmanuel Sanders, to put Denver ahead 14-13 with 31 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, the Broncos' defense couldn't make it stick. Flacco will likely need to be sharper in Week 3 when the team travels to Green Bay for a showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the 2-0 Packers.

September 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

Joe Flacco: Too little too late against Raiders

Flacco completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 268 yards and one touchdown during Monday's 24-16 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Flacco earned a QBR of 38.5 despite decent outputs in completion rate and passing yardage, largely due to the fact that he offered few solutions prior to his team falling into a 14-0 hole. Denver's offense produced zero points on its first three drives, but Flacco found his groove in the second half by leading scoring drives on four of the Broncos' final five possessions. The loss drops Flacco to 1-5 over his past six starts for Denver and Baltimore, but at least the offensive attack carries momentum into a Week 2 matchup against a Bears defense that held Aaron Rodgers to just 203 passing yards in the season opener.

September 10, 2019 1:08 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Restructures contract

Flacco restructured his contract Saturday, converting $17 million of base salary into a signing bonus while adding two voidable years extra onto his deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The bit of house cleaning frees up $13.6 million in cap space for the Broncos this season which would roll over into the 2020 season if unused. Flacco could still be released next season without incurring too much of a cap penalty, but the possibility seems unlikely at the moment considering 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) was placed on injured reserve, leaving unproven backup Brandon Allen as the only other quarterback on the roster.

September 7, 2019 7:42 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Gets new backup

The Broncos have picked up former Rams quarterback Brandon Allen to backup Flacco, Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver reports.

Analysis: As Renck notes, the Broncos were also interested in veteran Brian Hoyer, who has worked directly with offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, but seem to have landed on Allen for the time being. Even if Denver ultimately picks up a more established option, Flacco has to be breathing a sigh of relief. He's been the clear top quarterback all offseason, but rookie Drew Lock (thumb) was showing enough incremental improvement through the preseason for fans to have been clamoring for him if Flacco faltered early. Now Lock is starting the season on injured reserve and Allen -- who, though more a game-manager, played well against Denver in the preseason -- seems to have replaced him. A lot has to go right for Flacco to truly rebound from a string of ho-hum seasons in Baltimore, but, with Denver's brass noncommittal about bringing Lock back this season, the veteran could at least avoid a situation similar to last year in which Lamar Jackson took over midseason.

September 1, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Joe Flacco: Not in line to play Saturday

Flacco isn't likely to see any work in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio indicated Thursday that most of the Broncos' starters won't play this weekend, while noting that Kevin Hogan will draw the start at QB on Saturday and that Brett Rypien will also play. Flacco's next game action thus figures to come in Week 1 of the regular season.

August 22, 2019 11:36 AM EST

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