The Baltimore Ravens seem to have a bye week at the right time, and they also seem to be getting great assistance down the road. Tight end Dennis Pitta, who is still recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip he suffered in training camp, looks to be returning in November which would be a great boost to the Ravens’ passing game.
“I’m hearing Ravens not expecting TE Dennis Pitta until mid-to late- November” ESPN’s Ed Werder noted via twitter on Tuesday. “He’s working out regularly but return to field not imminent.”
With Dallas Clark doing a solid job at tight end as of late, Pitta returning could add a dimension at the position that the Ravens didn’t have even have during their Super Bowl run last year.
The Ravens are missing a guy who will make the tough catches between the hash marks which has stunted the progression of the offense as a whole. With Clark working outside the hash marks and Pitta working over the middle, it can really open up the Ravens’ offense, especially when you consider the fact that wide receiver Torrey Smith is leading the NFL in receiving yards with 629 and Ray Rice always has to be considered a threat.
With Pitta returning, it should also help aid an offensive line which has struggled over the course of the season no matter what defense they have played.
Too many defenders have crowded the line of scrimmage by completely fooling the interior of the offensive line with stunts and blitzes where center Gino Gradkowski, left guard Kelechi Osemele, and right guard Marshal Yanda have struggled mightily.
The Ravens did not envision the struggles they have had on offense because they didn’t know Pitta would be hurt obviously. But now people understand how valuable Pitta is to this offense.
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