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Report: Ravens have weighed leaning “heavily” on two-TE sets

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Are the Ravens ready to regularly use formations that will get Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels on the field at the same time?

According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has pondered the prospect of “relying heavily” on formations using two tight ends because of Daniels’ encouraging offseason after missing most of 2013 with a broken fibula.

The 31-year-old Daniels played his entire career in Kubiak’s offense in Houston before signing with Baltimore this offseason, so fitting into the scheme isn’t a concern. If Daniels can stay healthy — injuries have been an issue during his career — he will add another effective and accomplished pass catcher to an offense that was a little short on targets a season ago.

Daniels has gained 12.0 yards per catch in his eight-season career, exceeding 50 catches four times.

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23 Responses to “Report: Ravens have weighed leaning “heavily” on two-TE sets”
  1. texansdan says: Jun 27, 2014 8:46 PM

    I think this is going to be a good pickup for Baltimore. Should be a very solid TE2, and his experience with Kubiak will help everyone.

  2. citizenstrange says: Jun 27, 2014 9:18 PM

    If there is a God in heaven ….. please, please, please don’t let Polamalu try to cover a TE one on one.

  3. baltimorept says: Jun 27, 2014 10:03 PM

    A healthy Ravens O this year should be scary. So many weapons deep and over the middle.
    Anything less than a top 10 Offense would be a disappointment.
    D is looking solid too
    Can’t wait for this season to start

  4. officialgame says: Jun 27, 2014 10:08 PM

    Earth shattering offensive scheme. I don’ know how the rest of the league will keep be able to stop this novel offense.

  5. ravenmadnky says: Jun 27, 2014 10:08 PM

    With no true fullback, saw this one coming a mile away. The Ravens also drafted a solid TE in the 3rd round, Crockett Gilmore. (Pitta was a 3rd rounder, too). Lots of weapons there.

  6. packerbackernj says: Jun 27, 2014 10:08 PM

    Daniels is done. He’ll be injured by week 3. He hasn’t played 16 games since like ’08.

  7. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jun 27, 2014 10:13 PM

    Lol. I hope they try 2 te against my steelers. Shazier and Timmons will eat them alive! What a picnic this afc north division is gonna be for the Steelers! 7th Lombardi coming up!

  8. pats1944 says: Jun 27, 2014 10:24 PM

    owen daniels? If you guys think gronk is injury prone

  9. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 27, 2014 10:29 PM

    Kubiak is clearly the best offensive coordinator the Ravens have had in their existence. Right now, they have to be seen as an extremely underrated team, given their above average defense has been improved as well.

  10. jayfish6402 says: Jun 27, 2014 10:47 PM

    Picking Daniels for fantasy this year. Not only does he fit exactly into the scheme, he now has Joe Flacco throwing to him, which is a huge improvement over last year’s Schaub. I think that Daniels is going to be a huge part of this offense. And, with Ray Rice maybe or maybe not in the next season, Flacco will throw more, meaning that Daniels can light it up more

  11. DavieO says: Jun 27, 2014 11:20 PM

    Just need to be careful that one of the TEs isn’t a homicidal maniac, that type of 2 TE set didn’t quite work out

  12. philyeagles5 says: Jun 28, 2014 12:03 AM

    I don’t think TEs run streaks, the only route Flacco can throw.

  13. ericbroe says: Jun 28, 2014 12:21 AM

    Just be careful where you line them up.

  14. racerx540 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:40 AM

    OD is a pro’s pro and we loved him here in Houston. You guys picked up a really class act that will catch everything and give you 110% every play. If he had Flacco as a QB his whole career he may have been to more pro bowls than he got here. Don’t be surprised if OD actually out plays Pitta at different times throughout the season because OD is still pro bowl caliber TE.

  15. Ed Bandell says: Jun 28, 2014 3:50 AM

    Jacoby Jones was also in this offense only a few years ago, so I doubt much has changed.

    I am really looking forward to this season from the Ravens. I am hoping to see an improved ground game and a more consistent passing attack. An offense that can prolong drives and not be so predictable.

    Single back Ray Rice, Twin TE Pitta and Daniels, Torrey out wide and either Steve Smith or Jacoby Jones out there…as a defense you have to wonder what is coming.

    Up to the Ravens to sell it though. You have to prove you can run and pass from the same formations or else none of it matters.

  16. clashpoint says: Jun 28, 2014 5:59 AM

    Dennis Pitta:
    47 games / 4 years = 11.75 games p/year
    Owen Daniels, last 4 years:
    46 games / 4 years = 11.5 games p/year

    I think they’re gonna need a few more tight ends.

  17. stillabillsfan says: Jun 28, 2014 6:21 AM

    Changing the base offensive strategy for a newly picked up 31 year old injured tight end. Yeah, I believe they’re going to do that.

  18. corvetteman6 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:38 AM

    I like the idea of another tight end. It’s just another guy that the mannequin QB can overthrow. If you were going to write a script for worst possible off season, you would have the Ravens in mind. The leadership can carp all they want about this guy or that guy, but the reality is that the Ravens are looking at 6-10 or 7-9.

  19. dcapettini says: Jun 28, 2014 9:07 AM

    It would be difficult for him to do worse than Ed “Hands of Stone” Dickson last year.

  20. ravensrunthenfl says: Jun 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    Finally a coordinator that let’s joe work the play action and bootlegs (his strengths) more with more intermediate routes, instead of just throwing it downfield every time. The ravens O will be much improved this year

  21. theravenmaniac says: Jun 28, 2014 10:02 AM

    Flacco this and Flacco that, the top line of his resume says Super Bowl winner and MVP, can’t change that with hollow talk football fans.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 28, 2014 11:01 AM

    I’m sure also factoring in this decision is that their QB has a hard time hitting faster-moving objects. RB’s standing still and slower-than-molasses TE’s are a good fit for his skill set.

  23. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 28, 2014 11:07 AM

    Clashpoint, I will agree that Daniels is a injury concern still but you should consider that Pitta was hardly used his rookie year in ’10 (1 catch for 1 huge yard) so you are misleading with selected information. The next year he split duties with Ed Dickson and the year after he was an integral part of their Super Bowl run. Last year was the first time he has missed games with injuries minus a concussion his 1 catch rookie year.

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