Ravens fans spent the whole preseason fretting after the offseason trade of receiver Anquan Boldin and the training camp injury to tight end Dennis Pitta. Who, they wondered, would be a tough, reliable target over the middle? Those fears turned to sober reality Thursday as the team's tight ends, Dallas Clark, pictured, and Ed Dickson, played terribly. Clark was shaky during exhibition play and followed that up by dropping a sure touchdown pass just before halftime against the Broncos. The drop directly cost the Ravens four points. At least Clark responded with a productive second half. The first four times Joe Flacco targeted Dickson, he hit the fourth-year tight end in the hands. Dickson hauled in none of those passes. To be fair, they weren't all easy plays. But they were the kinds of plays Boldin and Pitta made. If Flacco can't trust Clark or Dickson, he's in for a long season, because the Ravens don't appear to have many alternatives.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun