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The Baltimore Ravens wanted to build a stronger supporting cast around their franchise quarterback this offseason.TE Dennis Pitta’s hip injury on Friday underscored how much the Ravens have fallen short of that objective.Authentic Baltimore Ravens Jerseys.The Ravens gained nothing at wide receiver or tight end in free agency and the draft. If they lose Pitta, QB Joe Flacco would not only lose last year’s receptions leader for NFL tight ends but also be without half of his top eight targets from last year.This offseason, Steve Smith Sr. retired, Kyle Juszczyk signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and Kamar Aiken joined the Indianapolis Colts.Those four players represent 50 percent of Flacco’s completions last season and 48 percent of his passing yards. Three months before the start of the regular season, the Ravens are returning one player (wide receiver Mike Wallace) who had over 34 catches last season.Losing Pitta could turn into a positive for Flacco. Pitta ranked 28th among tight ends with 8.5 yards per catch, and he produced one reception over 30 yards. Maybe Flacco will look downfield more often without Pitta being a safety valve.This would be valid if the Ravens had been able to lure Brandon Marshall away from New York or if the 49ers didn’t give Pierre Garcon a front-loaded contract (which Baltimore couldn’t match).Elite Joe Flacco Jerseys.Right now, there are more question marks than answers in the Ravens’ passing game.
Recent history says the best-case scenario for the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans is they found the next Joe Flacco.Over the last 10 drafts, there have been 12 quarterbacks taken in the first round after a team traded up for them.Mens Purple Joe Flacco Jerseys.Only one of them — Flacco — has won a Super Bowl.Of those dozen “trade-up” quarterbacks, Flacco is just one of three who are slated to be starters this season. The others are Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, who were drafted last year.The rest are either in a competition for a starting job (Paxton Lynch), a backup (Mark Sanchez), a free agent (Robert Griffin III and Blaine Gabbert), injured (Teddy Bridgewater) or out of the league (Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow, Josh Freeman and Brady Quinn).The shrewdness of the Ravens’ taking Flacco in 2008 is they initially traded back before moving up to secure their franchise quarterback.The Ravens started the draft by dropping from the No. 8 overall pick No. 26, which proved too far down to owner Steve Bisciotti’s liking. He began to get antsy that Flacco wouldn’t fall to the Ravens. He didn’t want to get stuck with a quarterback like Chad Henne or Brian Brohm, who weren’t rated anywhere close to Flacco on the Ravens’ board.Cheap NFL Jerseys China.
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