Late For Work 4/2: Flacco and WRs Get Big Head Start

Plus more Troy Smith agent news, Jamal Lewis visits Saints and April Fool’s Day pranks.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at 9:07 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Flacco and WRs Get Big Head Start

You’ve already seen the footage.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his recently added targets Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth aren’t wasting any time in building the chemistry needed to make a deep postseason run.

Why wait until training camp or the preseason to start a process that can begin today? That seems to be the mentality of these three.

And for those who think all NFL teams and players are doing the same thing, James Walker of ESPN reminds us that just isn’t the case.

In his AFC North Stock Watch, Walker tells us that the stock on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ public image is falling while Flacco’s stock is on the rise.

No charges have officially been filed against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his sexual assault allegation or receiver Santonio Holmes’ for his alleged confrontation with a woman in Florida. But their off-the-field issues have impeded them from taking part in their team’s offseason workouts.

“While Roethlisberger is not attending offseason workouts in Pittsburgh, Flacco is working hard this offseason to take his game to the next level,” Walker said. “He’s developing chemistry in the offseason program with new receivers Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth. Flacco also took part in baseball training this offseason to strengthen his throwing arm and shoulders.

“The third-year quarterback, who already has won three career playoff games, hopes to make the jump from a good player to a great one in 2010. If work ethic has anything to do with it, Flacco should be well on his way.”

Meanwhile, the Browns are still searching for their quarterback of the future and Chad Ochocinco is serious about learning to perfect his foxtrot with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. (A show that I habitually watch, by the way.)

Where Flacco and his new weapons are also lucky is that General Manager Ozzie Newsome quickly pulled the trigger on making these acquisitions early. Now they have the opportunity get a jump on the competition…while the Draft is still three weeks away.

Cindrich Didn’t Speak With Smith About Change

Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley shed a little more light on the manner in which Ravens quarterback Troy Smith changed agents, switching from Ralph Cindrich to Neil Cornrich.

According to Hensley, Cindrich hasn’t spoken to Smith about his decision to change agents, even though the change officially occurred on March 23.

Cindrich told The Sun that Smith’s business advisor, Bobby George, sent a letter of termination to DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment on March 12, saying they decided to part ways with the firm because there were issues that couldn’t be resolved.

“That was sent, and it was pretty much a done deal,” Cindrich said. “I think Troy is a great guy. I wish whatever differences they had could have been resolved.”

Jamal Lewis Visits Saints

After talking retirement for most of last season, turns out Jamal Lewis may continue playing football.

Lewis, the Ravens’ all-time leading rusher, visited with the New Orleans Saints this week, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Currently the Saints already have Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Lynell Hamilton at running back, so how much Lewis could contribute is still cloudy.

Great Sports Pranks For April Fool’s Day

In honor of yesterday’s April Fool’s Day, ESPN’s Sports Center put together some of the more memorable pranks from the sporting world. They didn’t necessarily happen on April 1, but are more than appropriate to highlight on the biggest punk day of the year. 

I’m not sure where to draw the line between hilariously funny and just wrong, but you can be the judge. Enjoy!

Quick Hits

  • Terrence Cody, the 6-foot-5, 349-pound defensive tackle from Alabama, visited with the Ravens yesterday, confirmed Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun.
  • Ravens receivers coaches were on hand for Connecticut receiver Marcus Easely’s (6-foot-2 3/4, 211 pounds) pro day workout, says NFL.com.
  • Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested Thursday at Hopkins International Airport for having a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage, reported ESPN.

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