Top tight ends in Ravens history
Ben Coates, Dallas Clark and recently-signed Owen Daniels rank among the best tight ends of their eras. But, barring a comeback season from Daniels in 2014, they won't rank among the tops at the position in Ravens history.
The Ravens have a history of signing capable veteran tight ends in the twilight of their careers, and the results have been mixed. With Thursday's signing of Daniels, they're hoping for the best result yet.
While the Ravens have employed some of the best in history, they haven't found depth among their tight ends over the years. That's why, with a standout season, Daniels could eventually crack the franchise's top-5 at the position. In this week's Five for Friday, Sean Welsh looks at how the position stacks up after the 2013 season:
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3. Dennis Pitta( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / April 4, 2014 )
He's already second in club history for touchdown catches (11) by a tight end, having played 47 games over four seasons. Injuries robbed him of much of 2013, but the franchise rewarded him with a 5-year, $32 million contract earlier this offseason. He'll look to improve on his 1,244 yards receiving on 122 catches this fall. His rapport with Joe Flacco certainly doesn't hurt the number of targets he can expect on Sundays.