The Ravens are running huge deficits at tight end. This has become a two-way problem. On offense, not one of the team's three tight ends has emerged as a reliable target for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. On defense, the Ravens have allowed big plays to the opposing tight end in both games this season. After Ed Dickson dropped a pass on the Ravens' first possession, Flacco didn't target him again all game. Dickson's only contribution to the box score was a 10-yard holding penalty. Any hopes that he can compensate for the loss of his old running mate, Dennis Pitta, are fading. Flacco also only targeted Dallas Clark, pictured, once all game. With neither Dickson nor Clark producing, a significant component of last year's offense has essentially vanished. On the other side, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron found a huge gap in the Ravens secondary for a 53-yard catch that set up Cleveland's first field goal. He did it again in the fourth quarter, catching a 21-yard pass as the Browns attempted to come back. In two games this season, the Ravens have allowed 10 receptions for 205 yards from opponents' starting tight ends.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun