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No extended break for Joe Flacco's arm

6/22/2014

Joe Flacco doesn't have to report for Baltimore Ravens training camp until the middle of July, but the upcoming weeks aren't going to be an extended vacation.

In Flacco's mind, he and the rest of his teammates have improved so much in Gary Kubiak's offense this offseason that they do not want to lose momentum.

"This is a tough time to kick back," Flacco said. "You only have a couple of weeks before you’re back here, and you have to keep your body in shape, you have to keep your mind sharp. You can’t go home for the next four weeks and kind of zone out totally, because you’re going to forget stuff. You’re going to come back and you’re not going to be where you want to be."

Flacco has thrown hundreds of passes over the course of 13 offseason practices. He won't use the down time to rest his arm.

Flacco's plan is to throw a lot during this break. Training camp isn't like spring training in baseball, where pitchers are given time to build up their arm strength.

"When we come out here during training camp, we’re not going to ease into it," Flacco said. "We’re going to be throwing who knows how many balls. So, if I’m not home throwing and throwing and throwing, then my arm is not going to be in any kind of shape to last.”

With the Ravens on break, who is going to catch Flacco's passes? Will it be his brothers? His father?

"It’s anybody, it’s everybody," Flacco said. "It’s just having somebody who is going out and having a catch and warming up and making sure you do a little bit. Torrey Smith is pretty local sometimes; his wife is from up in my area. There are a couple guys that are local that we’ll be able to probably meet up with a couple times, but nothing much. The big thing for me is just to keep my arm active and get it in some kind of shape, so that when I come back I can get though the first handful of days and push through.”