ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco completed his initial instruction camp apply with his new staff Thursday, he made it very clear he sees his 12th time in the league as a refreshing start off, a next probability and a potential “take that” period all in a single.
It was the 1st time Flacco entered an NFL coaching camp as something other than the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. The 34-12 months-previous veteran, having said that, has huge options after a pre-draft trade led him to be part of the Broncos.
Has the improve rejuvenated him?
“It is really hard to say that with no virtually placing yourself down for the very last couple years of your career,” Flacco stated. “There is an strength about coming below and an excitement that I truly feel remaining with this new group and finding an additional prospect of being a starting up quarterback. I you should not consider you can ever acquire that for granted. … I am unquestionably energized about it.”
Broncos president of soccer functions/general manager John Elway has regularly claimed he likes to get veteran gamers with chips on their shoulders — as he has shown with Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib in preceding seasons. Elway, who sent a fourth-round pick to the Ravens in the trade, thinks that Flacco can be one more prospective achievements tale.
“Any time you get traded midway in your career or two-thirds of the way by way of your profession, you’ve got acquired a thing to establish,” Elway mentioned Wednesday.
Flacco was changed by Lamar Jackson soon after suffering a hip injuries in November and didn’t get the setting up task back again after he returned.
“Yeah, there is no doubt [I’ve got something to prove],” Flacco said. “Pay attention, I consider I’ve obtained a ton left in the tank. And I really feel like I can do a lot extra than I’ve proven in my 11-year job. I am energized about that.”
Also thrilled is receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has arrive up with a new nickname for the veteran quarterback.
“Flacco’s a baller,” Sanders mentioned Thursday. “I consider we’re going to be Alright. I like the way he spins it. … I get in touch with him, ‘Pretty Boy’ Flacco. That is his title. He is just sleek.”
While the Broncos utilized a second-spherical draft decide on quarterback Drew Lock, mentor Vic Fangio and Elway have each individual mentioned that Flacco is the unquestioned starter. Flacco took all of the perform with the first staff for the duration of the first on-subject do the job session of training camp Thursday.
Flacco stated his loved ones has settled into the Denver space and joked that his daughter has previously decked herself out in a great deal of Broncos gear. He also joked when asked about a dialogue with Elway and Lock in the course of observe.
“I grew up watching John Elway,” Flacco claimed. “And although we’re variety of colleagues now on the field, there is continue to that very little little bit of child in you — male, John Elway’s standing proper future to you. So you test to act as ordinary as achievable and shoot the breeze. … I imagine it truly is a truly neat option.
“Pay attention, I know John’s ‘the man’ all-around listed here. Ideally there is area for a couple additional folks.”