The tight end position for the Baltimore Ravens was supposed to be a strength heading into the 2013 season. Strength has now turned into a very concerning uncertainty.
Dennis Pitta was primed for a potentially huge year, until his unfortunate season ending hip injury. Ed Dickson was next in line to take over the starting tight end role, but now he’s sidelined with a slight hamstring tear; the timetable for his return is still undetermined.
Veterans Visanthe Schiancoe and Dallas Clark have been brought in to help fill the void. Clark is still getting himself acclimated in Baltimore. As far as Schiancoe goes, he’s been anything but dazzling this preseason. Could Schiancoe be the odd man out in the tight end race? I believe so.
Looking into the future, I believe Clark will get the start on opening night against the Denver Broncos. Dickson obviously isn’t going anywhere, since he’s still technically the starter. Undrafted free-agent Matt Furstenburg has been showing flashes in the preseason as well. I’ve been really high on Furstenburg for a while, as his name has shown up on my 9 Under The Radar Ravens and my 5 Undrafted Free Agents That Could Make The Ravens Roster articles. Then you have Billy Bajema, who’s basically a blocking tight end.
I’ve never really been a fan of Sciancoe, he had a few good years with Brett Favre, and pretty much nothing afterwards. In my opinion, they should have signed Clark first, and not bothered with this clown. When it comes down to cut day, we’ll all be saying “Visanthe we hardly knew ye”.