NFL fantasy football: Joe Flacco ready to soar for Ravens

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Fly Ravens, Fly: In case you haven’t noticed, the Baltimore Ravens took to the air much more than previously expected this preseason. That’s due in part to an offense that Joe Flacco described to Peter King of Sports Illustrated as “100 percent no-huddle”. Flacco is probably exaggerating, but the results of Baltimore’s extended dalliance with the no-huddle is hard to deny. Flacco finished the preseason with a 71.7 percent completion rate (43 of 60), 433 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The fifth-year quarterback looked very comfortable running a system he was well-acquainted with during his collegiate days at Delaware. However, it begs the question: What becomes of Ray Rice? He should still be the focal point of the offense, thanks to his abilities as a pass-catching back. If you drafted Rice, have no fear. The upshot is that Flacco could open a lot of eyes this year.

Jason Witten closer to return: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was back at practice Saturday as he works to get himself ready for Wednesday’s season opener against the New York Giants. Witten will have another scan on his lacerated spleen Tuesday, which will likely have a big impact on how much (or even if) he plays this week. In a worst-case scenario, the veteran misses just his second career game and is ready to go for Week 2. It seems more likely, however, that Witten plays a limited role in the opener. Either way, this was a possibility that you hopefully planned for when you drafted him. Have your contingency plan ready.

Trent Richardson practicing: Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is back on the practice field after arthroscopic knee surgery. There’s still a chance he can play Week 1, but it’s entirely dependent upon how his knee reacts to his workload. Once he’s right, he’ll slide back into the starting job. It’s more a matter of when, and not if. In the meantime, it appears that Brandon Jackson, not Montario Hardesty, will be No. 2 on the depth chart for Sunday’s opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

— Marcas Grant

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