Tracking the Offseason Moves:
Let’s take a quick look at how the Ravens offseason moves have worked out so far. We’ll focus on the tightend and receiver position. Keep in mind that the Ravens player stats only account for four games.
It’s early in the season, yet so far these moves have positive results. We will continue to track these players throughout the season, as well as some other positions/moves that the team made in the offseason. In the meantime, take a look at these interesting numbers below:
Fans were a bit dejected when the Ravens did not resign veteran Todd Heap. Heap was a great player in Baltimore. As it looks right now however, this is change fans might like. Clearly tightend Ed Dickson has been one of Flacco’s favorite targets and he is putting up respectable numbers. The Ravens are getting good production from the tightend spot.
Todd Heap: Arizona Cardinals
13 receptions, 150 yards, 0 TD’s
Heap missed last Sunday’s game against Minn., due to a hamstring injury.
Ed Dickson: Ravens
16 rec., 180 yards, 1 TD
Dennis Pitta: Ravens
5 rec., 83 yards
Again the Ravens decided to go with youth at the receiving positions. Derrick Mason was awesome with the Ravens and who’s to say he wouldn’t have put up decent numbers if he was retained in Baltimore. The only thing is that the Jets traded him because they felt he wasn’t effective. In fact, in the Jets game versus New England the team started one of their rookie draft picks over Mason.
Rookie wideout Torrey Smith may have been underestimated by some, yes he is a bit unpolished but he brings real speed to the position. The acquisition of Lee Evans has yet to be determined. Evans has missed a lot of time due to an ankle injury. In the games he played (2) he has two receptions for 45 yards.
Derrick Mason: NY Jets/Houston Texans
13 receptions, 115 yards
Torrey Smith: Ravens
6 rec., 153 yards, 3 TD’s