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Flacco excited to see what tight ends can do

One of my readers last week voiced his displeasure with the Ravens using multiple-tight-end sets. He said that the Ravens should go three wide every play, and referenced some dubious former Ravens tight ends when making his argument.

If you come out to training camp, you will see that the Ravens aren't working with guys like Daniel Wilcox, L.J. Smith and Quinn Sypniewski anymore.

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For the first time in a while, the Ravens have legitimate depth behind Todd Heap after the selection of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in April's draft. Sure, there's a learning curve they're working against -- the same goes for second-year tight end Davon Drew -- but in terms of their athleticism and pass-catching ability, they've been impressive.

Just ask Joe Flacco.

"They're all doing a great job. They bring a lot to the table," Flacco said. "They're good athletes that can really catch the ball and run around so they're going to open up a lot of things for us this year."

Heap looks to be in great shape, and Dickson makes at least one "wow" play every practice. Pitta has been overshadowed by his fellow rookie, but his hands and route running are as good as advertised. Drew, who was on the Ravens' practice squad a year ago, has improved.

"It should be exciting to see their progression and them getting better each game," Flacco said.

The Ravens ran a lot of sets with two tight ends Monday, and that versatility will keep defenses' on their toes and open things up for play action. Plus, Flacco has looked very comfortable throwing to those big targets over the middle. We'll see our fair share of three- and four-wide sets, but what's not to like about having weapons at tight end, too?

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