EARLY BIRD: Flacco and Clark build on chemistry?

EARLY BIRD: Flacco and Clark build on chemistry?
September 24, 2013, 7:00 am

Harbaugh on improving Ravens: 'We're on our way'

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Tuesday, a day off before they resume preparing for the Bills.

Two-minute topic: Can Joe Flacco and Dallas Clark build on the chemistry that developed against the Texans?

Clark had his best game with the Ravens on Sunday – four catches for 46 yards. Three of those passes went for first downs.

That is what the Ravens envisioned when they signed Clark. They hoped he would be a chain-moving tight end, a go-to guy for Flacco on third down. But the process has been tedious. Clark dropped what would have been a touchdown pass in Week 1. He only caught one pass in Week 2.

Whispers that Clark might be over the hill at age 34 grew louder. But a performance like Sunday gives reason to believe Clark will be a solid contributor moving forward.

“There was some good stuff out there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “In terms of the timing and some of the tight throws that were made, big third-down conversions, types of stuff where they’re working on one defender and breaking away at the right time and Joe putting it away from the defender…that’s the kind of stuff we have been working really hard to get to, not just with Dallas, but with all the guys.”

Clark has emerged as the primary pass-catching tight end, ahead of Ed Dickson. Though Dickson has been blocking well, he did not catch a pass Sunday and was not targeted once by Flacco.

The Ravens still need more production from their tight ends. But what Clark gave them Sunday was a step in the right direction.

Morning thought: “Personally, I really have always been a believer in Tandon. I’ve always felt like he had what it takes.”

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