This weekend, the Baltimore Ravens learned a little more about the extent of the injury to tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta will most likely miss the entire upcoming season after dislocating his hip on a jump ball play in practice on Friday.
Pitta was a huge impact for the Ravens offense last year, becoming one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, especially in red zone situations.
While the length of recovery time is unknown, the Ravens did not waste any time searching for a replacement tight end, as Ozzie Newsome picked up free agent Visanthe Shiancoe, signing the veteran to a one-year deal.
After trading Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season, Raven’s offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell had plans to convert Pitta into a wide receiver to fill the void of a tall slot receiver that Boldin presented last season.
While using Pitta at a hybrid wide receiver/ tight end option, tight end Ed Dickson would be the primary tight end. However, due to the injury, Dickson will now have to act in Pitta’s spot.
It is unclear whether or not Newsome is finished testing the free agency market as other possible veterans are still available such as, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Chad Johnson who can pose as a “Boldin-like” threat on offense, as they all offer experience and height, an option that the Ravens should not hesitate to act upon.