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Tight end Dennis Pitta has quickly become one of Flacco's favorite targets.
Expecting Flacco to come out the the gate in 2013 slinging touchdowns and racking up 300-yard passing games may be a bit much early on. The Ravens have a young and inexperienced wide receiver corps that will have to step up this season in order to fill the void left by Boldin.
Aside from receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, the rest of the Ravens receivers have a total of 15 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown. The tight end position is much better with the Ravens having two experienced tight ends in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.
Over the last two seasons, Pitta seems to have emerged as one of Flacco's favorite targets. Pitta was targeted 93 times by Flacco last season and pulled in 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. Even Dickson has had moderate success in his time with the Ravens, recording 86 receptions for 906 yards and five touchdowns during his three-year career with the team.
As with any team, it usually takes a while for a unit to gel together and find their identity every season. The Ravens will be asking their young group of wide receivers to step into the spotlight and perform at a high level during the first week of the season. It may take the Ravens a while to find out who their best option is opposite Torrey Smith, which means Flacco could struggle early on.
That being said, Jim Caldwell proved last season that he is still a great offensive coordinator and can help get Flacco over any obstacle during the season. Expect Flacco and the Ravens receivers to find a groove and turn it on after the first few weeks of the year.