Baltimore Ravens State of the Corps: Tight Ends

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As we’ve mentioned before, tight end has always been a hallmark position in the Baltimore Ravens’ offense. And this year should be no different. However, tight end is now one of our biggest needs and there is no escaping it.

Nov 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels (81) gains yardage after his catch past San Diego Chargers defensive end Kendall Reyes (91) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Pitta is recovering from his second devastating hip injury in as many seasons and there is no sign as to whether he’ll be back next year, if ever. Owen Daniels, our security blanket last year, has just signed with the Denver Broncos despite showing an initial interest in returning.

Crockett Gilmore has looked good at times, but he doesn’t seem ready to be a number one receiving threat just yet.  Gillmore needs more time to develop, as he’s more of a blocking tight end with some catching ability right now. Finally, Phillip Supernaw has shown flashes in very limited time, but is still somewhat of an unknown.

Clearly then, tight end HAS to be addressed. Unfortunately, this year has one of the worst tight end classes in both the draft and free agency. In free agency only Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron catch the eye. But, Thomas has signed a big deal with the Jaguars and Cameron recently signed with the Dolphins. That leaves the Ravens with very little to choose from in free agency. The only guy I see serving any purpose, on a cheaper, 1-year contract is Zach Miller.

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