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Dickson forecasts more catches in his future

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Dickson forecasts more catches in his future

In a minor adjustment on the depth chart, Dennis Pitta now is listed above Ed Dickson.

Not that Dickson noticed until being asked about it, or that it matters that much. The Ravens, much like their opponents the New England Patriots on Sunday, use two tight-end sets.

"We've been doing a lot of stuff with Dennis. ... No coach came up there and said, 'You lost your job.' We're both out there together, make those plays together," Dickson said Thursday. "As long as we winning games it doesn't matter."

Pitta missed the entire preseason because of hand surgery. Dickson had missed the last three preseason games with an injured shoulder.

Pitta, who has a strong off-the-field relationship with quarterback Joe Flacco, leads all Ravens receivers after two games with 13 receptions for 138 yards. Dickson has just three for 45.

"You just got to spend more time with him on the field, maybe spend more time with him off the field," Dickson said with a laugh. "That chemistry with him and Dennis that just grew naturally. They play golf together and stuff like that. Why not have chemistry with a guy like Dennis? He's such a soft-handed guy."

Pitta had eight catches in the 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. More striking is that Flacco targeted him 15 times. That's more than Dickson, and receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith combined.

Dickson is certain that the numbers will even out over the course of the season.

"If everybody on the team just go out and do their job and try to get open and I'm pretty sure Joe is going to find us," he said. "They can't (cover) everybody."

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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