It’s tough to find a silver lining in tight end
But if there is one, it’s that it happened early enough in training camp that the Ravens still have time to forge whatever offense they want for 2013.
“The philosophy when you lose a player at this stage is that you just keep plugging,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday afternoon.
“Because at this stage, we’re figuring out who we are anyway as an offense. We haven’t made any determination three or four days into training camp what our offensive personality is going to be, because you always have to build your offense around your players. And you have to see how your players work together and what they do well individually, and who emerges.”
So what are the Ravens’ options? Here are some possibilities:
Next man up
The Ravens could stick to the same plan.
Lean more on the run game
Baltimore has a chance to be a very good running team this year. The offensive line is, for the most part, intact from last season with the only projected change at center, where
Spread it out
Perhaps this is where the Ravens’ influx of young receivers pays off. Baltimore could opt to go with more spread sets, utilizing
Use Rice in the slot
One of Rice’s greatest attributes is his receiving skillset. Last season, Rice had 61 receptions for 478 yards. The year before, he had 76 catches for 704 yards. Rice could go back to that 2011 production and become more of a receiving target, perhaps motioned out into the slot more.
The Ravens drafted Juszczyk to be kind of a Swiss Army knife in the offense. His strength is catching the ball. Especially with the signing of Leach, Baltimore could opt to move Juszczyk into more of a receiving role as a tight end or H-back rather than a true fullback. As a senior, Juszczyk led Harvard with 52 receptions for 706 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.