Dennis Pitta To Take Starring Role, Tyson Ready To Step Up


Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) makes a catch while being pushed by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  Today we bring you the latest Raven’s arrest, how a healthy Dennis Pitta is ready to take on a starring role, and why it’s time for DeAngelo Tyson to step up.

In case you missed it this morning, Jimmy Smith became the fifth Raven to be arrested this offseason late Saturday night.  Smith was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct after refusing to step aside while medics were attending to an intoxicated woman at a Baltimore bar and restaurant.  This dead zone of the season is famous for producing these types of incidents, and Smith appears to be the latest victim.

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Andrew Hangst tells us that a healthy Dennis Pitta is ready to take on a starring role in the offense this season. All the stars are indeed aligning for Pitta: health, playing in a tight end friendly scheme, and lining up all over the formation in camp.  Pitta has always been a favorite target of Joe Flacco, and he was visibly missed early last season while injured.

Garrett Downing tells us that DeAngelo Tyson could step into a big role in 2014. Downing feels that Tyson could at least partially help fill the void left by Arthur Jone’s departure.  Jones and Tyson share some similarities, as both were late round picks who gradually worked their way into a role on defense.  At this point, it appears that Tyson will share snaps with Timmy Jernigan and the duo will work in a rotation.