Joe Flacco, receivers putting in extra time

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens' formal offseason practices are over until training camp launches in late July at McDaniel College. However, quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth are still working together in informal throwing sessions to build chemistry and timing.

"There's going to be a few guys around here and I'm going to be back in New Jersey, but obviously I'm not far away," Flacco said. "I'm going to call Anquan to see what he's doing and Donte' is going to be here for a little bit, so I'm going to make plans to come down here a couple times a week and support those guys. When I come down, we'll just get together with Anquan and whoever and throw around here.

"These guys are doing such a great job right now. They're bringing some things they've learned in the past with other teams. They're just trying to help us out, and help us be as successful as we can. When you bring that from other teams, you're not going to do anything but grow as an offense, and I think that's where we are right now."

Flacco has been working with Boldin and Stallworth, the Ravens' new acquisitions, throughout the offseason.

A good rapport is being built after the Ravens augmented their receiving corps this offseason by trading for Boldin, signing Stallworth and retaining veteran Derrick Mason.

"I'd say they're in the process of doing that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I don't think the rapport is complete by any stretch, but now they've had a good offseason. Donte's been at everything from March 15th on. Anquan's been here, really with the exception of one week when he moved his family, he's been here for everything since he signed. So, they've had a chance to get a lot of work together. But, they still need a lot of work together, through the summer, and then through training camp. I know they're really excited to do that."

Other than a week of vacation at the Jersey Shore, Flacco said he intends to keep working during the dead period before camp. (No, he's not the fist-pumping type.)

""We've got a lot of new guys so we've got to get on the same page," Flacco said. "We've got to make sure they know where to line up, how to run the routes, and I think we're making big strides doing that. Me getting comfortable with where they're going to be on certain routes, certain situations, and just trying to come back after the plays and talking with each other: ‘What'd you see here?' I saw this.' I think we're making big strides just because it's really not been very long that we've been together. So, we're still going to have a lot of those moments in camp."


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