Ravens HC John Harbaugh names Lamar Jackson starter, Joe Flacco backup

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By Bo Smolka

The Baltimore Ravens are officially Lamar Jackson’s team now.

Head coach John Harbaugh left no doubt, declaring Jackson will be the starter rather than a healthy Joe Flacco when the Ravens host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium Dec. 16.

Flacco, who has never been a healthy backup during his 11-year career, said he was “disappointed” with the demotion to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, which comes as he is finally ready to be fully involved in practice this week after missing the past four games with a hip injury.

But in his first public comments since his injury, Flacco also spoke with a tone of inevitability, noting that when the Ravens traded back into the first round to draft Jackson this spring, a passing of the torch was going to happen sooner or later.

“It’s out of my hands,” Flacco said. “I got hurt. They drafted Lamar in the first round. At some point, something was going to happen between the two of us. Who knows what that was going to be? And this is just what it is at this point.

Read the rest on the Ravens’ changing of the guard at QB over at PressBox.



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