Baltimore Ravens: Dennis Pitta's Return Does Not Make Joe Flacco Elite

By Jermaine Lockett
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People are looking to Dennis Pitta as if he is some kind of savior for the Baltimore Ravens. While he will help Joe Flacco’s production on offense slightly, he will not turn the signal caller into an elite quarterback. Pitta’s return will mean a lot for the Ravens as a whole, but it will take a whole team to lock-down the Wildcard spot.

Pitta and Flacco appear to have great chemistry as they have hooked up in the past on several occasions. In 2012 Pitta accounted for almost a third of Flacco’s TD with seven. His return could mean so much for the Offense as they are constantly putting Justin Tucker’s leg to work on fourth down with field goals. Not only will his return mean more throws to a reliable tight end, but it could also open up Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith on the outside to make big plays due to teams concentrating on the BYU Graduate. Instead of kicking for three, the Ravens may be able to sustain more drives, which should result in more wins.

With that said, Pitta is still just one man and cannot be expected to make Flacco elite. Flacco will need cooperation from his line as well as a decent run-game to help him reach the next level. Sure he’s won a Super Bowl ring and was the MVP throwing 11 TDs and zero interceptions. Let’s not be like Pittsburgh Steelersand Dallas Cowboys’ fans, living on past accomplishments.

Flacco should be held to an even higher standard because of those previous undertakings; Pitta just is there to help him maintain that standard. This is a huge plus for Baltimore and we all should be elated for the reunion; however, this “bro-mance” is a bit over celebrated and we as fans need to at least see Pitta in action before deeming him the “Calvary” here to save our season or the answer to Flacco’s accuracy issues.

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