How the Ravens replace Pitta

Baltimore's offense could struggle without top tight end in lineup

Updated: July 29, 2013, 2:45 PM ET
By Khaled Elsayed | ESPN Insider

Dennis PittaKarl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/Getty ImagesTight end Dennis Pitta probably will miss the entire season with a dislocated hip.

Gone is the physical presence of Bernard Pollard. Traded away is combative receiver Anquan Boldin. And now, while the team wonders whether it should bring back Vonta Leach, down is much-needed tight end Dennis Pitta. Those Super Bowl champion Ravens are looking a heck of a lot different, aren't they?

The loss of Pitta is an especially cruel blow because the contract-year tight end was set for an increased role after the departure of Boldin. Now, with his two top intermediate targets unavailable, what becomes of Joe Flacco?