Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco is ready for a fresh start.
The 34-year-old, who was sent from the Baltimore Ravens to the Broncos in a trade this offseason, participated in his first training camp practice with his new team on Thursday.
“There is an energy about coming here and an excitement that I feel about coming to this new team and getting another chance to be a starting quarterback in this league,” Flacco said.
“I don’t think you can ever take for granted how awesome it is to get to do what I’m doing and what we are all doing, so I’m definitely excited about it and ready to go. I feel like a little kid.”
The Ravens originally selected Flacco out of Delaware with the number 18 pick in the 2008 draft and he led the team to a win in Super Bowl XLVII.
But, he was replaced by then-rookie Lamar Jackson as Baltimore’s starter last season.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank,” Flacco said. “I feel like I can do a lot more than what I’ve shown over the course of my 11-year career, so I’m excited that I’m going to have the opportunity here to do that.”
The Broncos picked Drew Lock in the second round and also have Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien on their roster.
Denver president of football operations John Elway, however, said there will not be a quarterback competition.
“[Quarterback] is a hard position to fill,” Elway told ESPN earlier this week. “We tried to shake all these trees around here the last four years and the quarterbacks didn’t fall out. So, it’s difficult. We’ve taken a lot of shots, we’ve tried a lot of different situations … Hopefully with Joe we’ve got it solidified with Drew [Lock] working under him.
“When the football team has confidence with the guy at that position, it makes your football team better. Joe proved, he showed everybody on our football team he’s that guy. Our team responded to him well … He’s ready to take that spot over.”
The Broncos finished 2018 with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. They fired Vance Joseph in late December and hired Vic Fangio to replace him.
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