With the loss of Ed Dickson (sprained right shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (broken right hand) for the remainder of the preseason, the thought was that the Ravens would scour the free-agent market to fortify the tight end position.
But that’s not necessarily the case, according to coach John Harbaugh.
“I don’t know. We’ll just have to see,” he said after Saturday’s practice at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. “It’s not just needing a guy, it’s also guys being available that you think can play, and if they can stay healthy. There is no point in bringing a guy in and he gets hurt. Then we just have one more hurt guy to deal with, and then it can affect your salary cap. So it’s a little bit of a balancing act, and you have to make really good, wise decisions. It’s always good to bring in a player if he is right guy. It’s not good if he is not the right guy.”
The market for tight ends is not bursting at the seams. Age and injury concerns surround candidates like Jeremy Shockey (formerly of the Carolina Panthers), Bo Scaife (Cincinnati Bengals) and Daniel Graham (Tennessee Titans). One intriguing option is bringing back Kris Wilson, who caught just one pass (a one-yard touchdown in the AFC Divisional win against the Houston Texans) last season with the Ravens.
The team does have four tight ends on the roster, but Davon Drew has yet to catch a pass in four seasons with the team, Billy Bajema was signed Aug. 1, and Matt Balasavage and Bruce Figgins are rookies.
Bajema did finish with two receptions for 12 yards, including a four-yard touchdown catch, in Thursday night’s 31-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons. Balasavage caught one pass for 12 yards, Drew was targeted twice but failed to post a reception, and Figgins was not targeted.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun