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[News] Tight Ends Respond To Harbaugh's Challenge

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Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson both had big showings on Sunday against the Raiders.

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I suspected they might get their wish. We're in smash-mouth football mode now. And, those are the kinda passes you'll see as a result. Go Ravens!!! :)
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The Raiders D-line was about as good as our practice squad. Great game (but it won't go to my head). Glad to see Ed hang on to those rifle shots Joe threw at him.
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For Dickson I think it's just a matter of catching the ball more consistently. When he doe, flacco uses him. when he drops one its like he gets ignored, and i cant blame him.
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great solid win. why cant cam cameron be this aggressive week in and week out. watch he will go back to his playing scared playbook next week. the defense must find a pass rush!!
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Both TE's rocked yesterday, I thought Pitta was going to sustain an injury after that play he got illegally hit on, wow, tough guy!

GO RAVENS!
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Called them out? Shucks, they've been there all the time!

Call out your O-Coordinator who'd rather go deep than get 1st Downs to the "Flat" or or short 8 to 10 yard patterns!

Anyway, everyone had a pretty good game! Now, let's take that momentum into the "bowels of Hades" they call Heinz Field!
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Good job getting open by our TE's. Whenever they have pretty good days we usually come out with a win. Let's hope they can get open on third down next week or it will be a long game against the black and yellow.
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Please focus on the Steelers now - they wont be so nice as the Raiders. Great game yesterday!
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Ed Dickson had sure hands yesterday. Who's the #1 TE doesn't matter. And it shouldn't. We can do what NE does and apply it here. Especially in the red zone. Torrey Smith baby !
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[quote name='Zeus' timestamp='1352740224' post='1216782']
Please focus on the Steelers now - they wont be so nice as the Raiders. Great game yesterday!
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Gee thanks for that, because NO ONE would be thinking about the Steelers if you hadn't reminded us...
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[i]Quarterback Joe Flacco noticed that [u][b]the Raiders defense keyed in on wide receivers Torrey Smith [/b][/u]and Anquan Boldin, with [u][b]the safeties sometimes focusing their coverage on the edge of the field[/b][/u]. [u][b]That opened up the middle and gave the tight ends room to work.[/b][/u][/i]

^ my self and a few others in here have been saying this. Torrey's speed on the outside (along w/Jacoby's speed....IF the Ravens put him in the game on the outside opposite or with Torrey); would open up the passing routes underneath and over the middle of the field for Q, Pitta and Dickson to go to work. mix in the run and some PA's and that's your winning formula! lol!

~Mili
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WRs and TEs wide open and every1 can finish up their routes; important key to make it happen is our O-line. Without them, none of it ever exists, and I hope if our O-line continues to give Joe's times on the road, he will dominate like he did at home....
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Maybe I originally misunderstood Harbs cahallenge. Initially I thouht that is was to the TE's

But the way it played out... I think it may have been as much for Cam as for the TE's _it was a challenge to find a way to get them more involved! Cam did that this week

In fact, he got Doss, Jacoby and the TE's more involved. See what happens when we actually utlize our weapons

We are less predictable and more threatening on the offensive side of the ball! Hope that trend continues next week against the Sqeelers!
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Pitta and Boldin working underneath can make life very difficult for any LB corp!
Torrey on the outside can keep DBs honest but I am still calling for a little more Deonte Thompson... opposite Torrey just to open that running game and underneath game even more!
I also liked the way that we utilized Jacoby Jones this week.... hopefully we see even more of that moving forward!
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Dickson and Pitta are "Auotomatic" First Downs! Would like to see some "Slants" out these guys but I will be Patient! Way to go "Fellas"!
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[quote name='bmore_kman' timestamp='1352740544' post='1216787']


Gee thanks for that, because NO ONE would be thinking about the Steelers if you hadn't reminded us...
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You're welcome!
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it seems like when the TE's and Jacoby Jones are productive the offense as a whole is productive
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Take a look at the stats for the pro bowl selections and really appreciate that our Ravens are the best. Yesterday proved what can happen when each and every player is on their game at the same time. The way for them to beat the Steelers is to do it again this Sunday. Go Ravens you CAN DO IT.
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[quote name='jrs034' timestamp='1352752460' post='1216915']
it seems like when the TE's and Jacoby Jones are productive the offense as a whole is productive
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that's because the more options you get involved offensively, the harder it is for the defense to lock in on what you wanna do.

However when you are just running, curl and comeback routes with Boldin, Torrey and Pitta, it's easy for the defense to lock in on that and play tight coverage. Running Dickson or Pitta down the seam would have a positive impact on every play, because it would affect both the LBs and Safeties.

I don't wanna make these about Cam, but I've finally come to the realization that he just has a very unimaginable offense, and the creativity only comes when the other team isn't as good. However to stay on track. Cam has to continue to do a good job of getting Pitta and Dickson involved in the offense because they could very well be a x factor.

Both guys can be split out wide and both are becoming better run blockers, which means you can force a defense to stay in their base defense with LBs and Safeties matched up on Dickson and Pitta out in space. It also means you could keep Leach on the field, spread the defense out in a Nickle type formation, and force the defense to only have about 5-6 guys in the box. That would lead to man on man blocking, and Rice/Peirce following Leach, and making a cut off his block.

For example, look towards Sunday's game in Pit. Even though those guys aren't getting after the passer as good as they have before. Would you rather have guys like Woodley, Harrison, Troy P, and Timmions matched up against Pitta, Boldin and Dickson in space, or would you rather have them close to the LOS with the option of rushing the QB or dropping back in zone? Dickson, Pitta and believe it or not, Leach are huge x-factors for this offense, but if we don't use them correctly, it doesn't matter.
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I was very happy for Pitta and Dickson, We all know that pitta's a beast he's a pro, and it was nice to see dickson catching balls, and moving the way he did, what a game by both, tremendous game by our Te's and O-line, Wr's And Flacco! perfect!
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Our tight ends are the big type of guys who can go up and get a ball in the middle of the field and the end zone. I would love to see them stay involved!
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I'm glad that our TEs are getting back into form and playing a huge part in our offense. They are great for creating matchup problems on opposing defenses, the question is can we show some consistency and have a similar performance next week.
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I liked just about everything we did on Sunday, seemed like they had a real good game plan and did a real good job executing it. Dickson has the right attitude!
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Everything went right on Sunday. Our receivers got the ball, our tight ends got the ball, our runningbacks got the ball a bit, our Punter got the ball! Joe Flacco was throwing the ball like a mad man. I just hope those tight ends give the Steelers cornerbacks and linebackers some trouble Sunday night! I like rotating and getting new players on the line. I like how we can run the ball and when we don't we can throw it. I just want that same talent to pour into the Steelers game. I believe we can do it too. If our defense isn't on the field the whole day and that can be a possibility now that Pees is in the coaching box and he can scheme it up. Then our offense has more opportunity to go crazy. Joe Flacco! Great game! Tight ends! Great game! Ravens! Great game! lol just take that talent to Pittsburgh and have a great game!
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Glad they had great days and I hope many, many more to come. But great players, and certainly, elite players, don't have to be called out to step up and excel. I hope they keep up this type of performance and make our TE combo lethal as any in the league....*cough* cam.
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Keep building guys and keep on doing what you're doing because you're doing it Soooo Wellll!!! Go Ravens! This is Crunch Time and we're going to Shine!
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