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Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco supports Colin Kaepernick as backup

By The Sports Xchange
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco supports Colin Kaepernick as backup
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco steps back to pass in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco supports the idea of Colin Kaepernick joining the team as his backup this season.

Flacco told reporters Friday that he thinks Baltimore would be a "good spot" for Kaepernick.

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"I would like to see Colin get back in (the NFL) and, at some point, maybe get another shot (to be a starter)," Flacco said. "I wouldn't like that to be here. I do not want him to get another shot (to be a starter) here, but yes, he can come here and have some fun. I think it would be a good spot for him."

Flacco, who is entering his 10th season as the Ravens' starter, said he would not feel threatened if the Ravens were to sign Kaepernick.

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"I think at this point, I am really open to anything," Flacco said. "You can do whatever you want at this position, because I feel like I am the quarterback, and it does not really matter."

The Ravens began training camp Thursday without Flacco, who told the team of a disc issue in his back just before the first full-team meeting. He is expected to miss at least a week.

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Coach John Harbaugh voiced his support of Kaepernick when asked about him with the Ravens experiencing a potential need to bolster their quarterback position.

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Harbaugh is familiar with Kaepernick, having coached against the elusive quarterback in Super Bowl XLVIII while also gaining an inside perspective from his brother, Jim, during his time coaching the San Francisco 49ers.

The Ravens decided to sign arena league quarterback David Olson on Friday as Flacco deals with his back injury.

Olson likely will have a temporary role with Flacco sidelined, joining Ryan Mallett and Dustin Caughan as quarterbacks on the roster. Mallett has taken Flacco's spot with the first-team offense and Vaughan is a second-year player out of Division II West Texas A&M.

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Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 3, has been a polarizing figure for his refusal to stand during the national anthem prior to games last season.

"He's a really good football player," Harbaugh said of Kaepernick after practice Thursday. "I believe he's a really good person. It all depends on a lot of things. It depends on Colin first of all and what's his passion, what's his priority, what's he want to do, what kind of shape he's in. So we'll just see where it goes. I don't think it's different for us than any other team."

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Kaepernick passed for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while fumbling a career-worst seven times with the 49ers last season. He also ran for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

In six NFL seasons, Kaepernick has passed for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, adding another 2,300 yards and 13 TDs on the ground.

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