Capital Gazette wins special Pulitzer Prize citation for coverage of newsroom shooting that killed five

Dropped passes becoming familiar sight for Ravens

An unwanted scenario is unfolding too frequently for the Ravens' offense through two games.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco keeps lobbing accurate spirals to open receivers only to have the football ricochet off their hands, preventing at least three touchdown passes.

During a win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, wide receivers Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown both mishandled potential touchdown catches.

Tight end Dallas Clark dropped a possible touchdown in a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. And tight end Ed Dickson wasn't targeted again Sunday after failing to secure a throw in the first quarter and has five drops this season.

Despite the drops, Flacco expressed confidence that the receivers will settle down and become more consistent.

"You've got to have confidence that your guys are going to catch the ball," Flacco said. "If that's our problem right now, then I have a lot of confidence that we'll be good because these guys are going to catch the ball. They're going to get more confidence as the year goes on and become more comfortable with what we're trying to do.

"We've got a lot of new guys out there, so they've got to deal with a lot of things. They're thinking about learning the offense, becoming so comfortable so they can run it at the speed we need it to be run at. I think drops usually come because guys aren't completely comfortable in their environment yet. When you start to see that, you'll start to see those drops go down."

Smith leads the Ravens with 11 receptions for 177 yards, but bobbled a pass in the end zone before grabbing it as his feet went out of bounds Sunday.

"You don't panic," Smith said. "Don't doubt yourself. I can speak on that from my rookie camp alone. I was in camp and trying to press to make a play so bad, and I was letting it all get to me, and you just get away from your techniques and your fundamentals. You're trying to force it instead of forgetting that you're here for a reason. You got here by catching the ball and you can do it.

"Just don't press and let it come to you. Obviously, we have a couple of guys in a situation where I can relate directly to them. The biggest thing is, 'Don't doubt yourself, everyone has your back, just go out there and focus. Be confident.'"

Dickson has just one reception for 13 yards this season.

Two seasons ago, Dickson caught a career-high 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns.

"Rather than get too in depth with any kind of psychological [aspect], Ed can catch the ball," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He’s caught many balls here before. A couple of years ago he had 60-some catches. He catches the ball in practice every day. Ed is going to catch a lot of balls. We just stay positive
and make sure that we catch lots of balls during practice.”

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad