As of now, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t made any announcement as it relates to the possible return of TE Dennis Pitta. There has been a lot of speculation that Pitta could return for the Ravens upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings. For the sake of argument though, we’ll assume that he will return this week. Riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak and holding on to the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, could be Pitta be the final piece that puts this team over the top?
I don’t know necessarily if Pitta could make that much of an impact, especially coming off of a dislocated hip, but he could certainly help. The Ravens haven’t had much consistency out of the current tight ends Ed Dickson (16 receptions, 211 yards, zero TD’s) and Dallas Clark (31 receptions, 343 yards, three TD’s). Both guys have had some flashes this season, but they’ve also had a good amount of drops, especially Dickson.
Pitta was one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets last season; the chemistry was undeniable. Through the Ravens incredible postseason run, Pitta had a touchdown catch in every playoff game, excluding the Denver Broncos game. The passing game for the Ravens has been improving of the past few weeks. The deep game has really been hitting its stride with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, the Ravens could still use some more consistency in the intermediate area and the red zone. Pitta could definitely be that guy.
What Pitta can’t fix though is the struggling running game. If the Ravens continue to average less than three yards per carry it would be hard to see them making a serious run (no pun intended) like they did last year. To sum it all up, Pitta should be able to contribute upon his return, but don’t expect the rest of the Ravens problems to just disappear.
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