Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta have a unique relationship that I’m sure Ed Dickson and even his wife, Dana Flacco, are more than likely jealous of. These two show up on game-day together, they eat together and on the practice field they are nearly inseparable. We expected that relationship to continue to translate over to the field as before once Pitta became healthy, but there are a few new favorite targets for Flacco. They may not have the “bromance” of Pitta and Flacco, but Pitta is currently taking a backseat to the “Dragonfly” Jacoby Jones and rookie Marlon Brown.
Jones lit it up against the New York Jets with four receptions for 104 yards and a TD. He sprinkled in a few catches at home against the Minnesota Vikings and still managed to get on the scoreboard through an electrifying kickoff return for six late in the fourth. His most recent performance came in at nine targets from Flacco for a whopping six catches for 90 yards against the Detroit Lions.
Brown not only saved the Baltimore Ravens’ season with his game-winning TD catch to seal the win with nine seconds on the clock, but he also totaled seven catches for 92 yards against the Vikings. Flacco targeted him 11 times that game. Brown clawed his way to the top of the depth chart and deserves the playing time as he is convincingly filling the void left by Anquan Boldin.
It may take bit of time for Flacco to build chemistry again with his “security blanket” Pitta who only had two catches against the Lions for 24 yards on four targets, but it is refreshing to see Flacco’s growth in his ability to locate other receivers on the field. For those of you non-bandwagon fans, you can remember the rough patches of throwing the remote down in frustration and yelling at the television because of Flacco’s tunnel vision. He was constantly eying only Derrick Mason, refusing to go through his progressions and getting sacked because of it.
Flacco’s chemistry with Jones and Brown Speaks to Flacco’s new found ability to spread the ball to multiple receivers. Pitta will eventually reclaim his place as Flacco’s favorite target as he continues to get back in the groove. Until that time comes, however, look for Jones and Brown to be the main targets to help move the chains on third down.