Ravens Tight End Ed Dickson Goes Down With Shoulder Injury In Preseason Game
The Baltimore Ravens just got a little more thin at the tight end position. Ed Dickson left the Ravens first preseason game against the Falcons with a shoulder injury. Head coach John Harbaugh told the media that Dickson would have an MRI on his shoulder today, but that the team is preparing to go on without him for a few weeks.
The Ravens lost their other tight end, Dennis Pitta, at the beginning of training camp with a broken hand. At this point, both guys are scheduled to return around the time of the season opener.
This is good news for players hoping for a roster spot. Davon Drew (5th rd, 2009) will get his chance to show his stuff with the first team. Billy Bajema, in his 8th year out of Oklahoma State, also could step it up. Both players aren’t going to replicate the offensive production that Dickson and Pitta. Drew has spent the majority of his time on the Ravens practice squad, while Bajema has more playing time, that has only resulted in 38 catches for 398 and2 TDs.
This is bad news for Ravens fans. We all know that Flacco loves the throwing to his Tight Ends. The chemistry he has with Pitta is evident, and it was hopeful that the chemistry with Dickson could improve over the preseason. Well, that’s not happening, and it’s likely that Flacco will be practicing with guys that, if they make the roster, will be used in special teams.
Is there a silver lining in all this? Perhaps.
Joe Flacco will continue to be forced to throw to his wide receivers. We saw last night that Jacoby Jones has the ability to stretch the field alongside Torrey Smith. The deep threat will be there this season, and let’s hope this extra time without his dependable tight ends will allow Joe to continue to improve with the remainder of his corp.