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A Flacco surfaces on practice field for Ravens

Posted on 07 May 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Joe Flacco won’t be ready until training camp and wouldn’t have been anywhere near the practice field for Ravens rookie camp anyway, but the family was still represented on Saturday.

Continuing to pursue an NFL career after brief opportunities with San Diego and Jacksonville, tight end Mike Flacco, the younger brother of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, was a tryout participant for Baltimore this weekend. The Ravens have a very deep group of tight ends on their offseason roster, but the 29-year-old can’t help but think about having the opportunity to catch passes from his older brother.

“That’d be a dream if I could make it that long,” said Mike Flacco, who played his college football at New Haven. “Just day by day and try to give it all I’ve got.”

Of course, this weekend’s tryout isn’t Mike Flacco’s only link to Baltimore sports as he was drafted by the Orioles in the 31st round of the 2009 draft out of CCBC-Catonsville. Primarily a first baseman, he advanced as high as Double-A Bowie before being traded to the Boston Red Sox and electing to retire from professional baseball in 2013 with a career .253 average.

In 2013 with Division II New Haven, Mike Flacco caught 30 passes for 591 yards and nine touchdowns. He was signed by the Chargers the following spring but cut at the end of the 2014 preseason. The Jaguars then signed him to their practice squad in October 2014, but he only stuck with that organization for a few weeks.

The 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end has only received a few tryouts since then, but he isn’t ready to give up on the possibility of a football career just yet.

“It’s been long. It’s been all over the place,” said Mike Flacco about his athletic endeavors. “Unfortunately, I’ve never quite gotten to the point where I want to yet. You just push and if it happens, it happens. If not, I’ll go back to school and I’ll be happy.”

He has been pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Villanova.

His chances of receiving an extended look with the Ravens beyond this weekend are remote, but that didn’t stop him from showing off some athletic ability on Saturday as he caught a long pass in 1-on-1 drills and made a few other receptions during the practice session.

“It’s been great. Mike is a great kid,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He does move a little bit like Joe. The body mechanics, a little bit, are similar, so it’s fun to watch.”

Two draft picks sidelined

Third-round defensive end Bronson Kaufusi was the only member of Baltimore’s 2016 draft class not on the field during Saturday’s practice open to media.

“Bronson tweaked his back a little bit yesterday,” Harbaugh said. “He was out here yesterday practicing, did a good job, and strained his lower back a little. He’s not practicing today.”

Fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon only observed Saturday’s practice as he continues to deal with a hamstring issue stemming from his March pro day.

Harbaugh also announced that fullback Trevon Pendleton, a tryout player from Michigan State, suffered a broken foot on Friday.

No joint training camp practices this year

Harbaugh confirmed that the Ravens would not have any joint practices with another team this summer.

Baltimore hosted San Francisco in Owings Mills two years ago and traveled to Philadelphia to practice against the Eagles ahead of their preseason meeting last August.

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Flacco’s younger brother reportedly declares for NFL Draft

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Former Orioles farmhand and New Haven tight end Mike Flacco will apparently attempt to join his older brother in the NFL.

Per multiple reports, the 26-year-old has declared early for the NFL draft after completing his sophomore season of Division II college football. He hadn’t played football since high school and was named a third-team Division II All-American after catching 30 passes for 591 yards and nine touchdowns.

A 31st-round selection by the Orioles in 2009, Flacco retired from professional baseball last year and enrolled at New Haven to play college football. He will be represented by agent Joe Linta, who aided Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in signing a six-year, $120.6 million contract last winter.

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Baltimore sends Flacco (not that one) packing

Posted on 15 March 2013 by Luke Jones

After the Ravens triumphed over the Patriots in January’s AFC Championship, perhaps it was only fair to send a Flacco to the New England area.

On Friday, the Orioles traded first baseman Mike Flacco — younger brother of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP — to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later. In a feel-good story, Baltimore’s baseball team drafted Flacco in the 31st round of the 2009 amateur draft out of CCBC-Catonsville.

Spending most of his season at Single-A Frederick last year, Flacco hit .214 with eight home runs and 35 runs batted in in 107 games played with the Keys and Double-A Bowie. The 26-year-old played at first base primarily but also spent time at third base and the corner outfield spots. He has a .253 career average in four minor league seasons.

Though it was a fun connection between Baltimore’s two major professional franchises, the younger Flacco clearly wasn’t progressing at a rate necessary to consider him more than organizational depth in the lower levels of the system. The dream of a Flacco on each team simply wasn’t going to come true and the Red Sox had an organizational need for more first base depth in the minors.

Of course, that won’t stop some from insisting this wouldn’t have happened if his brother had simply taken a little less money.

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Despite Taking an Unusual Route, Michael Flacco Continues to Chase His Baseball Dreams

Posted on 04 July 2012 by andrewtomlinson

For many, it is hard to live in the shadow of one of their siblings. For Michael Flacco, brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, though, being in Fredrick, Md. as a member of the Baltimore Orioles’ High-A Frederick Keys is secondary to living near his brother, as it is an opportunity for him to accomplish one of his dreams.

A 31st-round selection by the O’s in the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Flacco took an non-traditional path to professional baseball. A football and baseball player in high school, Flacco suffered a back injury that ultimately forced him to stop all athletics. The back injury led to a hip injury and before he knew it, it had been two years since he done any athletic activity.

“I had gone through a fifth year of high school to play football and baseball and I hurt my back and kind of played through it,” Flacco said through the crackle of a cellphone. “Then for the next couple of years I had some back problems that went along with the injury I had and I had some hip problems from when I finally got over my back problems. My hips were so tight I hurt my hips a couple times.”

Describing himself as a late maturing football player, Flacco wasn’t recruited to play football by any schools. He reached a point in his life where he needed to decide what he wanted to do with his life and in athletics. For him at least, picking baseball was an easy decision to make.

“I don’t know,” Flacco responded when asked why he picked baseball over football. “I think always growing up, I just always, I always went towards baseball, it was always my favorite game.”

His injury bug prevented him from being able to achieve his baseball dreams as fast as he probably would have wanted though. After taking two years off from athletic activity, because of his injuries, his brother helped him get an in down in the Baltimore area. He would eventually enroll at the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville and it gave Flacco a chance to play baseball, but also get himself noticed.

“A couple years down the line I didn’t go to school anywhere because I didn’t want to waste my eligibility while I wasn’t going to be able to play. I finally started to get healthy and Joe was drafted by the Ravens and through a connection with Joe, they hooked me up with a guy named Tim Bishop, who was actually the Orioles’ Strength and Conditioning [Coach] for I think 15-years,” Flacco said about how he ended up at CCBC. “I worked out with him for the summer, he was trying to get me some workouts and he knew a coach down at Catonsville and obviously I was looking to play baseball and he [said it was a] good program and a good place. You are right in the Orioles backyard obviously and it was an opportunity for me to go play and hopefully [for] somebody [to] see me [from] the Orioles … and the Orioles ended up coming to see me and that is how that kind of worked out”

After putting up solid numbers at CCBC, Flacco found himself in position to be drafted by a major league baseball team. Even though he knew he wasn’t going to be one of the top players taken, the draft wasn’t any less stressful.

“The second day [of the draft] I think was rounds 2-30, which I really had no idea when I might go but I was hoping to go second half of that day and I was kind of stressed out a little bit, really hoping to go on that day,” Flacco said about waiting to be drafted. “My mom and Dad were watching the Internet all day long and I was kind of like not trying to pay attention to it, but at the same time was hoping they would call me or come get me and tell me someone had picked me.”

No one eventually called and Flacco was discouraged. With so many factors potentially working against him, the now third day draft prospect was starting to doubt whether or not he would even be picked by a team. Even though he may have been discouraged, teams weren’t turned off of him like he worried.

“I was kind of crushed that day, thinking, you know part of my frustration of being a 22-year-old guy [was] would someone even want to take a shot on me in the second part of the day,” Flacco said. “So then, I was just sitting around my house early the next morning hoping to get a call early at some point that day. My mom got all excited because the Orioles’ first pick went up on the online thing and it was my name and it was pretty exciting.”

Of course, with Flacco ending up in the Orioles’ organization, the next logical question is about his brother and what it is like to be so close to him.

“Yeah you know what, its funny because right now a lot of people are fans of Joe and you know they have had success, thank God, so playing close to Baltimore most people like me, because they like Joe thank God,” Flacco said about living close to his brother. “ It’s actually nice because I can go to his place even though he’s not there right now if I ever need to, and all those team’s are so close to Baltimore and Baltimore is pretty close to our home in New Jersey.”

For Flacco now, it is about finding consistency in Frederick in order for him to move up in the Orioles system. He has spent a few games, about a week, at AA Bowie earlier in the year, but has never been further than AA. The first baseman and outfielder knows it is up to him to improve and move on.

“If I go out and start playing my [butt] off and putting up numbers, I am pretty confident they are going to move me along,” Flacco said about advancing his career. “You know, right now I am struggling and I [have] got to get myself together before I can expect to move up to Bowie or anywhere else. I think where I go is all based on me right now.”

Even though he has had some early season struggles, Flacco says he can feel himself starting to come around and identified what has been wrong and is working on improving it. Being able to make adjustments is part of being a productive major league player and it looks as if Flacco is starting to be able to make them.

“I am starting to feel like I can see that pitch coming out of [the pitcher’s] hand and I am on these pitchers a lot more than I was [the] last year or two years ago, but for whatever reason I am not getting my bat out on the ball right now and I am not hitting it as far as I want to and sometimes I am not exactly sure why. But there are a couple of things I am working on in my swing that are going to help,” Flacco said about his plate struggles. “At the end of the day I have got to stop thinking so much when I get to the plate. Get in there, feel good and put the bat on the ball.”

It may not have been the prefect way to start a professional career, but Flacco is a part of the professional baseball community now. Even though sometimes when he hits a rough patch he may think, “what the hell was it that I like about this game,” Flacco is in it for the long haul. His drive is clear and after everything he has overcome, Flacco doesn’t seem like he is going to give up on his dream any time soon.

“I still see myself playing baseball until I don’t know when. I wouldn’t be here right now if I didn’t feel that way.”

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