The Ravens are dealing with this camp nightmare right now after the team announced Monday that tight end Ed Dickson has a slight tear in his hamstring. This happened eight days after starting tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a season-ending dislocated hip.
Coach John Harbaugh classified this as a minor injury, and the Ravens need him to be right. The defending Super Bowl champions are 31 days removed from opening the season at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.
“We’re going to hold him back for a week or so, and we’ll see where we’re at,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “We’ll try to get him healthy. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
Many envisioned the Ravens using a two-tight end attack with Pitta and Dickson, but with Pitta done for the year and now Dickson banged up, the Ravens are down to just Visanthe Shiancoe. As the story points out, it's been 20 months since Shiancoe caught a pass in a regular-season game. It's been four years since he had over 50 receptions in a season. With the signing of Vonta Leach, rookie FB Kyle Juszczyk will focus on improving as a receiver as well.
Good news for Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. This news will be also welcome in the locker room, perhaps even cheering up a "disconsolate" Joe Flacco. The Ravens offense looks like it will rely on the running game more following the loss of tight end Dennis Pitta, and Leach should only help matters there.
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:14pm
This is important for Lamar Miller owners. Stay tuned.
Frank Gore’s mentoring of RB Lamar Miller has been one of the neater Dolphins-flavored stories of the summer, the four-time Pro Bowler and 49ers star taking the second-year protege under his wing. They work out together twice a day – with a group of other NFL players in the morning in North Miami Beach, and just the two of them, with a trainer, on a Davie field at night.
“Since Lamar started gravitating toward Frank, his work ethic and mentality are unparalleled,” said Pete Bommarito, who runs the highly-regarded Bommarito Performance Systems, where Gore, Miller and many other NFL players train during offseason mornings.
Gore has noticed another change since they became workout buddies: “His footwork got a lot better."
Privately, the Dolphins believe Miller can be not merely a good starting back, but a great one.
“He’s the fastest running back I’ve ever seen,” said Bommarito, who has trained dozens of them, including Maurice Jones-Drew.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 10:53am
Free agent fullback Vonta Leach is perfectly content to wait it out.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported Monday night that the free-agent fullback is in no rush to make a decision about where he'll play this season. The Miami Dolphins remain the front-runner, according to Jackson, but Leach's camp is waiting to see if another team emerges with a more lucrative deal over the next two weeks.
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