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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco laughed at the notion
that he holds a grudge against first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson.

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The two quarterbacks appeared amiable as they rotated snaps, along with
Robert Griffin III, in workouts this week. Flacco was clearly the most polished
of the three, zipping passes downfield with almost pinpoint accuracy.

Nonetheless, it is shaping up to be an important season for the veteran
Flacco.

He has been assured that he will remain the starter in 2018 but also must
consider how his future will be influenced by the presence of the rookie
Jackson.

”Obviously, when you pick a quarterback, when you pick anybody in the first
round, it means something,” Flacco said. ”I don’t know what that means. I don’t
know exactly what it is. That’s not my job to worry about what it is. My job is
to keep my approach exactly what it’s been the last 10 years and help my team
win football games.”

Flacco, 32 threw for 3,141 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in
2017. Baltimore’s passing attack was ranked 29th in the NFL, and that played a
key part in the team missing the playoffs for a third straight year.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome signed three free agent receivers –
Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead – to help improve the passing
game. He also selected a pair of tight ends – Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews – in
the first three rounds of this year’s draft.

The Ravens also took Jackson with the 32nd overall pick. He ran for 50
touchdowns and threw for 69 more during an impressive three-run at
Louisville.

While Jackson needs more time to develop into effective passer Connor
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playing time, especially inside the red zone. Flacco, however, is not worried
about Jackson taking snaps from him.

”Listen, I want to win football games,” Flacco said. ”Whatever’s going to
help us win. I’m probably going to maintain that myself under center is our best
chance to win football games. But whatever helps us win football games, I’m
game.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been impressed with Jackson over the recent
offseason workouts.

”He is a very talented guy,” Harbaugh said. ”He has practiced well everytime
he has been out here. The toughest thing for him right now is calling the plays.
He has never been in that type of system. So, I would say he has made a big jump
calling the plays and annunciating the offense.”

Harbaugh is not worried about having any type of quarterback controversy on
his hands. He dismissed any potential friction between Flacco, Jackson and even
Griffin.

”It was much ado about nothing,” Harbaugh said. ”I never thought it was
anything and I know it’s not anything.”

As for Flacco, he is just concerned about getting the Ravens back on track
and ending the postseason drought. He welcomes anyone ready to contribute to
that goal.

”I’m worried about right now, myself getting these guys ready to win football
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to us. That’s the reality.”


PHOENIX — Gotcha.

Anthony Davis fooled the world with his elaborate brow-shaving April Fool’s
joke.

Now it is time to get serious.

Davis and his New Orleans Pelicans are one of seven teams still in the scrum
for the final five Western Conference playoff spots with six days left in the
regular season, and their off day Thursday turned into a big day when both the
Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota lost.

With the Timberwolves’ loss to Denver, the Pelicans (44-34) jumped over
Minnesota and moved within one-half game San Antonio and Oklahoma City, who are
tied for fifth place at 45-34.

This could be fun.

Davis was at his best when the Pelicans broke a four-game losing streak with
a 123-95 victory over Memphis on Wednesday, scoring 28 points with 12 rebounds,
three blocked shots, two assists and two steals.

The Pelicans (44-34) will attempt to continue their run Friday against
Phoenix (20-59), which broke a franchise-record 15-game losing streak in a 97-94
home victory over Sacramento on Tuesday.

“I was trying to get back to how I was playing, get the team back,” Davis
told reporters after playing at less than one hundred percent in the two
previous games because of a twisted ankle suffered in a loss to Portland on
March 27.

“I know they feed off my energy, so I just try to come out with a lot of
energy on both ends of the floor and try to lead us to a win. It was fun, but
we’ve got to do the same thing next time we play.”

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in rebounds. Davis, 6-foot-10, and Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo are
the only players averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds a game.

E’Twaun Moore had 30 points and Nikola Mirotic had 25 points against Memphis,
and the Pelicans made 16 3-pointers. Moore had seven threes. Mirotic started in
place of Emeka Okafor.

“I thought we did what we needed to,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told
reporters. “I thought our ball movement was good again. I thought (Davis) was
very aggressive at the start of the game. We shot the ball well as a team. We
needed to see some 3s go in.”

The Pelicans face a daunting final three games as they attempt to get into
the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Their three-game road trip
continues at Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers before the home finale
against San Antonio on Apr. 11.

The Nuggets moved into a tie with Minnesota (both are 44-35) with their
100-96 victory over the Timberwolves Thursday, and both teams are one-half game
behind New Orleans. The Clippers fell to (42-37) with a loss to Utah on Thursday
and are on the brink of elimination.

The Suns have the worst record in the league and will finish with their
fewest losses since the 1968-69 expansion season team (16-66) unless they win
their final three games. They are 2-27 since Jan. 31. They won once in February
and were 0-14 in March, the first winless full month in franchise history.

Suns forward Josh Jackson had 28 points, six rebounds, two steals, two
assists and a block against Sacramento. He has scored at least 15 points in 11
consecutive games, tying Utah guard Donovan Mitchell for the longest streak by a
rookie this season. Jackson is averaging 21.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in that
stretch.

Jackson has become the Suns’ No. 1 scoring option in the continued absence of
Devin Booker, TJ Warren and Elfrid Payton. Booker has missed the last nine games
with a sprained right hand and Warren has missed the last eight with a hip
injury. Neither is expected to play against New Orleans.

“You kind of welcome the fact that he’s ready to take it,” Suns interim coach
Jay Triano said of Jackson’s willingness. “Some guys will panic with two or
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“But Josh is just thinking, ‘I got to do whatever’s right, I got to put it
up, I got to get it on the rim, maybe (Alex) Len can knock it out, maybe
Marquese (Chriss) can get a rebound.’ He’s not afraid of the moment, that’s for
sure.

“He’s electric in the open court. He’s electric if you get him a little bit
of an angle and a lane to the basket. Making shots, and from the perimeter, will
be an addition to what he can do. And when he does that it’s going to be
great.”

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