Will Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels give the Ravens one of the NFL’s best tight end combinations?
Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report raised that possibility, mentioning how impressive Daniels has looked during offseason workouts, appearing completely recovered from a broken fibula last season.
The pieces are in place for the Ravens to feature two-end sets on a consistent basis. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak liked using them in Houston, where he coached Daniels. Having Daniels on the team has given Pitta a teammate who can tutor him on the nuances of Kubiak’s system. Meanwhile, Pitta already enjoys great chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco.
The Ravens want to be far more efficient on third down than they were in 2013.
Both Pitta and Daniels have been consistent possession receivers during their careers. So has Steve Smith. It’s possible that Kubiak will want Pitta, Daniels, and Smith on the field together often in situations where the Ravens need to move the chains.
In addition, using Pitta and Daniels together could create matchup problems for teams that lack linebackers and safeties that are strong in pass coverage. Ravens opponents must respect the speed of wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, and they can clear out room to help Pitta and Daniels operate underneath.
The key is for Pitta and Daniels to stay healthy. If they do, expect two-tight end sets to be an important part of the Ravens’ attack.