Flip-flop in depth chart has changed roles for Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson

Once backing up Dickson, Pitta now playing more snaps and getting targeted more frequently in Ravens offense

September 27, 2012|By Edward Lee

After the team’s season-opening win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens made a change in their depth chart, leapfrogging Dennis Pitta over Ed Dickson as the starting tight end.

The promotion has played out on the field, where Pitta has garnered more playing time than Dickson. Pitta played 43 of 61 snaps, 50 of 69 and 42 of 72 in games against the Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, respectively. Over the same span, Dickson played 38, 40 and 39 snaps.

Pitta has developed into quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite target. Pitta leads the team with 31 targets and 18 catches. And he is tied with wide receiver Torrey Smith for the team lead in touchdowns with two and ranks second behind Smith in yards with 188.

Meanwhile, Dickson has been targeted just nine times and caught five balls for 50 yards.

But offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said not to make too much of the numbers, stressing that both tight ends are valued for their versatility within the offense.

“We don’t just stick a guy in a role. That’s never been our philosophy,” he said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “We’re going to highlight everything a guy does well. The good news is we’ve got two guys that do a lot of things really well. We’re playing them both 40, 45 plays a game each. Why? Because it’s a long season, and we’re trying to keep both of those guys as fresh as we can. They play in different packages and obviously, they’re out there at the same time a lot. Their roles are blockers, receivers, playmakers, and they’re still getting better.”

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