Joe Flacco is worried about right now, not the future
Quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t have anything to say about the Ravens drafting Lamar Jackson in the first round of this year’s draft immediately after the pick was made, but he shared some of his thoughts about the new arrival to the quarterback room during a media session on Thursday.
As are the Cavs, in a way. Remade at the trade deadline, the Cavs have a healthy share of Finals first-timers. Oh, Cleveland still has the hands-down, best player on earth and all reported planets in LeBron James. But his presence can’t deflect one other decidedly different wrinkle.
Never were LeBron and the Cavs cast as such decisive underdogs, not even after the Warriors won 73 games and were defending champions. James, without All-Star sidekick Kyrie Irving, has dragged the Cavs through three series to get them to join him for his eighth consecutive Finals, ninth overall. Good luck.
That was one of General Manager Chris Ballard’s priorities, and the first look at the line offers some reason to think there’s a better chance to protect Luck.
According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts were without left tackle Anthony Castonzo in OTAs (no reason was given), so they lined up Denzelle Good at left tackle, Quenton Nelson at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Matt Slauson at right guard and Austin Howard at right tackle.
That right side being made up of veteran acquisitions is no accident, and using the No. 6 overall pick on Nelson seemed designed to provide a toughness to the team as much as an individual player.
Slauson and Howard are also reliable veterans, which helps since the Colts have struggled up with young players front in recent years.