Ravens address TE position in major way

Posted April 29, 2010 @ 7:33 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Entering the 2010 NFL draft, the Ravens had selected only six tight ends since moving to Baltimore in 1996, and only one — Todd Heap, their first-round pick in 2001 — before Round Five. But with Heap entering his 10th season, the Ravens drafted two potential replacements in Oregon's Ed Dickson (Round Three) and Brigham Young's Dennis Pitta (Round Four). Dickson (6-4, 250) has outstanding athleticism, while Pitta (6-4, 245) has excellent hands. Both will need to get up to speed quickly in the Ravens' offense to be trusted pass-catching threats in their first seasons, but if nothing else, the Ravens have significantly improved their depth for this season behind Heap, who's still expected to be Baltimore's top target at the position. "We've got a 6-6 quarterback, and I've listened to (offensive coordinator) Cam (Cameron) for three years talking about 'big throwing to big,' " Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told Baltimore reporters. "And now we have a quarterback that can throw to some big targets in the middle of the field, that even when they're covered, they're not covered." Heap, 30, will make $4 million in 2010 and $4.6 million in 2011.


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