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Dickson could catch more passes for Ravens

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For the most part, we’re not concerned about the exodus of veteran players from the Ravens this offseason.  With one exception:  Receiver Anquan Boldin.

The Ravens have replaced Boldin with no one who can provide that reliable when-in-doubt-throw-it-close-and-I’ll-go-get-it safety blanket to Joe Flacco.  Without Boldin’s abilities, the Ravens wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl — and Flacco wouldn’t have gotten $20.1 million per year.

This year, the Ravens could look internally to find reliable targets.  Which could be good news for tight end Ed Dickson.

Overlooked in many respects given the production of Dennis Pitta, who like Dickson arrived in the draft three years ago, Dickson has a chance to get more opportunities in 2013.

In 2012, he caught only 21 passes for 225 yards and no touchdowns, way down from 54 for 528 yards and five touchdowns the prior year.

“Obviously, there is a void to fill in that regard, but we have some very, very capable people that can step in and do the job,” offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recently said, via Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times.

“Within our passing game and the way in which it’s structured, we have some weapons almost at every position — obviously out of the backfield, and not only out of our backfield, but our two tight ends — Ed and Dennis are really, really fine players. . . .  There will be a number of guys that I think will be able to step up and make a few more plays for us.”

Dickson sounds ready.

“Losing a guy like Anquan, it hurts, so, collectively, we have to all pull together,” Dickson said.  “We’ve got a couple young guys coming in there [at wide receiver] . . . and you can always put myself or Pitta in that position, so we’re trying a whole lot of things and we’re [going] to work it up through camp and then be rolling the first game.”

Dickson has a clear incentive to take his game to a higher level.  As a restricted free agent who signed a one-year tender, it’s his contract year.  Ditto for Pitta.

While the Ravens may only be able to afford to keep one of them beyond 2013, having both chasing a big contract could be the kick the Baltimore offense needs, post-Boldin.

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18 Responses to “Dickson could catch more passes for Ravens”
  1. thesteelers says: Jun 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    He might see more targets, but you won’t see more catches. LOL

  2. spellingcops says: Jun 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    Dickson could catch more lucky ass rainbows from unabrow joe for Ravens

    Fixed the headline for ya.

  3. mazblast says: Jun 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    “The Ravens have replaced Boldin with no one who can provide that reliable when-in-doubt-throw-it-close-and-I’ll-go-get-it safety blanket”

    Uh, there are very few receivers who CAN go and get an in-the-neighborhood pass like Boldin. He’s not fast, he’s not shifty, he’s not big, but boy, can he maneuver and extend–and come down with the ball. As a Steelers fan, I hate him and admire and respect him.

    Please, don’t act like there are lots of guys out there like him and that the Ravens somehow “failed” to replace him.

  4. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 9, 2013 10:31 PM

    Bumblebee convicts are going to get buzzed this year. Flacco and Co. are going to prove to the world that the Steel Curtain is made of toilet paper.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 9, 2013 11:32 PM

    I’m no math major, but if Flacco’s completion rate is below 50%, and Dickson drops at least 1/3rd of the balls that hit his hands, then I estimate for every 10 throws, Dickson will catch 2 of them.

    Please implement that game plan Harbs.

    - rest of AFCN

  6. swagger52 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:22 AM

    Flori propping up false negatives again. No receiver is a security blanket when you catch 65 passes during the season. Perhaps Boldin wouldn’t have to make sensational catches if he were open like Wes Welker.
    I am not hat’n Boldin. He was a great Raven. However, this false narrative that Boldin made Jump Ball Joe is ridiculous. Flacco got to the AFC Championship before Boldin arrived – when he was a ROOKIE. He got there with only Derrick Mason. Nobody will ever mistake Derrick Mason for Jerry Rice, nor will they with Anquan Boldin. Boldin was never even close as a candidate for a Pro-Bowler. However, now since Flori wants to discredit Flacco, he has to make Anquan out to be something he never was.

  7. tsuscrumhalf says: Jun 10, 2013 12:29 AM

    Q was a special player on and off the field for the Ravens last year. He’s going to be missed. But, if you look at reg season production, he was not very productive. He stepped up like a beast in the post season and in the N.E. game he’d catch a pass w/a guy draped over him and just look at the guy like “you can’t stop me”…..and he was right. Dude was an absolutely special player and his competitive fire is off the charts.

    Replacing Q’s production in reg season is gonna be easy to do. He was getting zero separation, had some key drops, and while never a speed guy he looked just a fraction slower. BUT…a beast when the ball was in the air. You don’t wanna fight him for a ball. You’ll lose.

    I’m guessing that it’s going to be a work in progress and we’ll see Pitta out wide in the slot. He’s actually faster than Q and has some amazing hands, as opposed to Dickson who is king of the dropped pass. And, Pitta and Flacco are best friends off the field. Look for that comfort level to be his 3rd down / key play “go to”. Dickson can play more traditional TE and Pitta will be TE/SlotWR w/RayRice coming out of the backfield. And, with Torrey and Jacoby running 9′s, and taking safeties w/them, the middle will be open for Ray/Pitta/Dickson to work underneath. Gonna be fun to watch if B McK can play solid LT & keep Joe upright in the pocket.

    Defensively, every move made looks sensible in retrospect. I think the D is better now than it was last year. Zero worries about D. Slight concern about losing Q but think a plan will emerge. But DAMN………Q is just such a monster . Love that guy!

  8. ravenswin2day says: Jun 10, 2013 12:47 AM

    It’s so funny how many haters are on here ..The funny thing is that we are better than we were last year …

  9. si1m says: Jun 10, 2013 3:11 AM

    Don’t hate on the mad Steelers fans fellas. Desperately trolling all raven articles is all they have left.

  10. rockthered1286 says: Jun 10, 2013 6:57 AM

    This is the same argument everybody had when oz let Mason walk. “That was joes safety blanket he’ll struggle next season.” Then Q, who was already on the roster, stepped up. Now? Expect a guy who is already here to fill in yet again.

    And please save your stupidity and “jump ball joe” comments for yahoo sports or some other site trolls.

  11. humbleminded85 says: Jun 10, 2013 7:15 AM

    Here’s a serious question that none of you Flacco bashers replied to before but what the heck I’ll try it again… At what point did NFL defenses become banned from intercepting or deflecting a Joe Flacco pass? More importantly if it was a “rainbow” pass that had no touch or accuracy how come NO ONE decided to pick off those”rainbows” from “jumpball joe”after week 16 all the way through the superbowl???? Come on you Flacco bashers who NEVER happen to mention who YOUR qb is, it’s a serious and genuine question that you can’t answer. And before you lames say Bolden, he had 4 of Flacco’s 11 TD’s so please guys, enlighten us with how such a bad QB could tie the ALLTIME record by just throwing “rainbows”? Well??????
    (Crickets….Crickets)

  12. watermelon1 says: Jun 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    Tandon Doss. That is who will be filling the void. Dickson will be brought in for red zone situations.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    This is the same argument everybody had when oz let Mason walk. “That was joes safety blanket he’ll struggle next season.” Then Q, who was already on the roster, stepped up. Now? Expect a guy who is already here to fill in yet again.

    And please save your stupidity and “jump ball joe” comments for yahoo sports or some other site trolls.

    Pot meet kettle troll. Getting tired of defending Jump ball Joe ? Must be reason so many poster outside of homer ville see him that way.lol

  14. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 10, 2013 3:29 PM

    Hey nofool. Burress should be able to do for Roethlisbooger what Boldin did for Jumpball Joe. Just make sure he leaves his Glock in the locker room.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 10, 2013 4:58 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Jun 10, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT
    Hey nofool. Burress should be able to do for Roethlisbooger what Boldin did for Jumpball Joe. Just make sure he leaves his Glock in the locker room.

    Hey fanboy I am sure you always prayed Ray-Ray left his knife in the locker room…..right? Please grow up troll.

  16. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 10, 2013 5:14 PM

    Congrats on having a Convicted Armed Felon on your team. He’ll fit in perfectly with the bumblebee convict pajamas. HAHAHAHAHA!

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 10, 2013 6:09 PM

    Congrats on having a Convicted Armed Felon on your team. He’ll fit in perfectly with the bumblebee convict pajamas. HAHAHAHAHA!

    Hey my felon hurt himself…yours was involved in the death of two men….no hahaha from me moron

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 11, 2013 8:22 AM

    Ray’s not a felon. You’ve now gotten that wrong about a million times, Anna Welker. Repeating wrong information doesn’t make it right. Like saying, “Go Steelers.”

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