We don’t know if the Ravens’ offense will be better next season, but it will definitely be different. Wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels are expected to play prominent roles, and another key offensive piece or two could be added in the draft.
The Ravens have already accomplished one of their primary offseason goals – giving quarterback Joe Flacco more weapons. And the Ravens are not finished, with the draft yet to come.
Clearly, quarterback Flacco has more options than in did in 2013, when Torrey Smith was the only wide receiver with more than 50 catches. The presence of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak also guarantees that the Ravens will have a new offensive look. Expect more multiple tight end formations, different play-calling tendencies, and perhaps more motion.
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The Ravens only scored 30 points once in 2013, and in that victory over the Texans, the Ravens had a punt return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a touchdown. Offensively, the Ravens were simply not consistent enough, or explosive enough, and never successfully adjusted to losing Pitta to injury for most of the season.
Now the Ravens have more offensive depth. They also expect their offensive line that will include Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, and Marshal Yanda to play much better than last year’s unit.
Who will finish with the most catches for the Ravens next season? Torrey Smith? Steve Smith? Pitta? Daniels? Ray Rice out of the backfield? Someone else like Marlon Brown, who led the Ravens in touchdown catches last season?
For Flacco, having so many proven receivers is not a problem. It’s a pleasure. The Ravens still must prove it on the field. But on paper, their offense looks more dynamic.