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Tight ends don't miss a beat

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Tight ends don't miss a beat

The Ravens and Joe Flacco spent most of the preseason running their new-look offense without their top two tight ends. Dennis Pitta sustained a broken hand in practice early in camp, and a few days later, Ed Dickson suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener at Atlanta.

Neither played again in the preseason, and although they had returned to practice, there was some concern about whether they could jump right back into game action and be effective.

Both players erased those concerns emphatically, making key plays in the Ravens 44-13 rout of Cincinnati in the season-opener at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night.

Pitta was the starter and finished with five catches for a career-high 73 yards, including a leaping, 10-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter that built the Ravens lead to 24-13.

I had a smaller guy on me, and Joe saw a mismatch, said the 6-foot-4 Pitta, who was targeted a team-high nine times. Joe put the ball up where only I would be able to go up and get it.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh joked that after seeing how Pitta and Dickson performed, Some of these players will be telling me now, Why do we need training camp if those guys can play that well?

Those guys study. They stayed with it, Harbaugh added. They worked really hard, and they had a body of work underneath with Joe built up over the course of the offseason.

Dickson was targeted three times and finished with two catches for 22 yards.

Dennis had a couple more catches, and we both blocked pretty good, but as a whole, and thats the way we look at it the tight end group as a whole, we played pretty solid, Dickson said. If we have that kind of outcome every week and put up 40-some points, Ill take it.

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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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