Yesterday the Ravens announced the addition of local standout and former Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to help minimize the damage that was suffered with the loss of star tight end Dennis Pitta. To many this move was obvious because of the fact that Shiancoe had appeared at the Ravens practices as an observer. Many took this as a sign that the free agent tight end was on the verge on returning to Baltimore after playing his college ball at Morgan State.
In my opinion the writing is on the wall that Shiancoe’s stint with the Ravens will not go past this season. With Dickson and Pitta both in contract years, Dickson may well play his way out of the Ravens if he performs like most are now expecting him to so he can replace the production lost by Pitta. However the Ravens have already looked into developing players like former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg. We can not forget about special teamer Billy Bajema as well. So I look at Shiancoe as an inexpensive band-aid who can hopefully come across the middle with out hearing footsteps (see Ed Dickson).
So with losing Pitta, we lose Flacco’ security blanket and almost a third of his passing touchdowns. The fact that the Ravens lose that much production, we can look for the Ravens to add another slot receiver, or even change the offense with the soon to be addition of Vonta Leach. No matter what Jim Caldwell will have to change some aspect of his offense and time will tell if Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense will be able to flourish.