I thought it would be a while before I talked about my man crush Matt Furstenburg, but after last night’s dismal performance of Baltimore Ravens tight ends Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson against the Denver Broncos, I had no choice but to mention Furstenburg again.
For those of you who don’t know, Furstenburg was a undrafted free agent tight end out of Maryland signed by the Ravens right after the draft. Furstenburg looked like a very capable receiving threat in the preseason, besides maybe the last game against the St. Louis Rams where he struggled a little. Still I see immense potential in this kid. To me he was kind of like a poor man’s Dennis Pitta. Speaking of Pitta, his loss was felt pretty badly after last night’s “Dropfest” from Dickson and Clark. Dickson probably couldn’t have caught a pass even if he had super glue on his hands. Clark, who’s known for being a catch machine, dropped a few passes including what would have been an easy touchdown that would have put the Ravens up 21-14 at the half, instead of having to settle for the field goal.
On a positive note the wide receivers for the Ravens looked alright. Torrey Smith was as good as advertised, Jacoby Jones looked good before getting hurt, and rookie Marlon Brown was looking very capable as a starter. The play from the tight ends needs to improve though to help complement these receivers.
I think it’s way too early to start talking about cutting Dickson or Clark, especially after just one game against the AFC favorite Broncos. But if the drops continue then the Ravens should seriously consider giving Furstenburg a shot.
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