The Baltimore Ravens received some good news on Wednesday when tight end Dennis Pitta returned to practice. The bad news is the Ravens are still unsure if he will be able to suit up on game day at any point this season after he underwent surgery on his fractured hip just four months ago.
“It feels awesome to be able to get back and be in meetings with the guys and hit the field a little bit,” Pitta said, according to Yahoo! News. “I feel great. I’m going to take it slow, though, and make sure I can kind of integrate myself back in.”
Baltimore is currently in a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns for second place in the AFC North. However, the team’s Week 7 loss to the Steelers and Week 9 loss to the Browns means they would lose out to any tie breakers, as of right now. Thankfully, the Ravens had a big overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals just two weeks ago to give them a fighting chance.
The real issue isn’t so much the standings as it is Baltimore’s horrendous offense. The Ravens currently rank 30th in the league in total offense (308.5 yards per game). A lot of that has to do with their inability to run the ball this season, but nonetheless, the offense is getting very little production out of the tight end position.
The Ravens have taken a huge step down at tight end after Pitta’s 669 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. Dallas Clark is doing a decent job as he ranks second on the team in receiving yards (311). However, he’s the only one of three tight ends on the roster that has hauled in a touchdown reception, and to make matters worse he has only scored three.
If Baltimore wants any shot at returning to the playoffs, they will need Pitta in uniform as soon as possible.