Just when it looked like the Baltimore Ravens were going to be alright after their massive overhaul this offseason, they were dealt a bad blow with a season-ending injury to starting tight end Dennis Pitta. It’s a loss that just flat out hurts the Ravens’ chances of repeating, however it’s not a loss they can’t overcome.
Baltimore has already added veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe to the roster, but the player they’ll turn to the most is Ed Dickson.
The 26-year old is going into his fourth season in the league, and thus far he’s had a solid career. People forget that he started all 16 games at TE for the Ravens just two years ago. It wasn’t until last season that Pitta really began to establish himself as the No. 1 guy. Make no mistake, Dickson is very capable of putting up some good numbers – he racked up 528 yards and five touchdowns on 54 receptions in 2011.
Shiancoe is said to be in fantastic shape, and he better be, after appearing in only four games a season ago. The 33-year old never got into the mix in New England, but he did have a solid career prior to that in Minnesota. For most of his career Shiancoe has been a B-level tight end, except for 2009 when he caught 11 TD passes. If healthy, he’s capable of being a respectable No. 2 TE behind Dickson.
Although this is going to be a tough situation for the Ravens to work through, it could be much worse. Dickson and Shiancoe are two very capable tight ends, and while they won’t account for as many yards as Dickson/Pitta would have, they’re still a combo the Ravens can count on for solid production.
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