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Dickson's value rises

Ravens Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta formed one of the leagues top tight end duos last season.

But by the end of Saturdays open practice at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens had neither, and it quickly became obvious that they could use both.

Pitta is likely out for at least the rest of the preseason with a broken hand. The goal is to have him back for the season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 10. Dickson left the stadium workout early after being poked in the eye, though he said afterward that it is nothing serious. But their absence was glaring, the dropoff from Dickson and Pitta substantial.

Other than Dickson and Pitta, the Ravens current training camp roster lists four tight ends Davon Drew, Billy Bajema, and rookies Bruce Figgins and Matt Balasavage. Of those four, only Bajema, a seven-year veteran who was signed by the Ravens last week, has ever caught a pass in the NFL. Bajema, who was with St. Louis the past three years, had nine catches for 71 yards for the Rams last season.

Drew, who has been on the Ravens practice squad for much of the past two seasons, has yet to appear in an NFL game. Hes listed as No. 3 on the depth chart, and after Dickson left practice on Saturday, Drew spent time with the first unit.

"Were going to find out if Davon Drew is a player for us, and I think he is," coach John Harbaugh said last week. "Davon Drew has got all the skills; hes come so far."

When the Ravens used a two tight-end set -- a popular formation last season in Baltimore and elsewhere -- both Drew and Bajema were on the field. But both of them dropped well-thrown passes in Saturdays workouts.

Dickson (54 catches for 528 yards) and Pitta (40-405) had a combined total of 94 receptions for 933 yards last season.

Dickson said after the stadium workout that training camp is a battle for all the tight ends, and Pittas injury will give the Ravens a chance for extended looks at the other tight end candidates in preseason games. But it became pretty clear that if Pittas injury extends into the regular season, Dicksons role will increase.

I gotta step up big, Dickson said after the stadium practice. With Dennis Pitta out, I think a little bit more balls might be coming my way.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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