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Owen Daniels welcome to Baltimore! The 2-time Pro Bowl pick has agreed to a 1-year deal and should be a nice 1-2 tight end punch with Dennis Pitta. A month ago the Ravens were a question mark at tight end, but then came a 5-year deal with Pitta and now Daniels. He missed 11 games last season with a leg injury and the Texas released Daniels with the “failed physical” designation.
Daniels may not be the Pro Bowl star he once was but he sure looks like an upgrade over Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark who didn’t contribute much in the 2013 season. Daniels should also bring veteran leadership and total command of Gary Kubiak’s new play book. Daniels spent his entire career in Kubiak’s Houston offense and his new tight end coach is his old tight end coach, Brian Pariani came with Kubiak from Houston.
How important is the tight end in the new coordinators offense? Well in 2012, Kubiak’s Texans used the most two-tight end sets in the NFL. Get ready to get busy Mr.’s Pitta and Daniels. In 2012 Daniels caught 62 passes for 716 yards and 6 TD’s; if he can come close to those numbers he’ll make a big impact in Baltimore. It’s been a good month for the Ravens, especially their offense that needed fixing after finishing 29th in the league last season.
In a month they locked up Pitta and left tackle Eugene Monroe with 5-year deals, traded for veteran center Jeremy (Zippity) Zuttah, re-signed Jacoby Jones and Daryl Smith and added veteran receivers Steve Smith and Daniels. Ozzie Newsome still has a draft to help figure out right tackle, add a running back and possibly a play-making receiver. The Ravens 2014 offense will have a new coordinator, a new play book and plenty of new faces what John Harbaugh is hoping they don’t have is last years production.
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