The unthinkable happened last week. Dennis Pitta, the No. 1 tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, was lost for the season.
This is huge for the Ravens no matter how you slice it. Pitta was expected to be a large role in the offense this year, especially with the departure of Anquan Boldin. So next man up, right? That is the mantra for the Ravens after all. Ed Dickson, who was drafted one round earlier then Pitta, will finally get his shot to live up to the high expectations, but now he is also injured with a ‘slight’ hamstring tear according to BaltimoreRavens.com. He’s expected to be out a few weeks.
The Ravens signed Visanthe Shiancoe after Pitta’s injury, which was a good signing. Shiancoe has had a couple of rough years, but he had a lot of success with the Minnesota Vikings with Brett Favre at the helm. The thing I never got was after the Pitta injury, why did the Ravens not take a look at Dallas Clark, who’s still just sitting out in the sun by the free agent pool.
Clark is 34 and has seen declining production, but 47 catches with a very up and down Tampa Bay Buccaneers team last year is not bad. Clark also has played under current Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
A minimum one year deal for Clark is worth a shot in my opinion. Nobody can stay healthy for the Ravens at the position anyway, so what the heck, right? Clark has a very similar build to Pitta and is still a pretty good receiving tight end. I say give him a shot, what’s to lose at this point?