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With Offensive Weapons, 'Sky's The Limit'


Looking at the Ravens' offensive depth chart may now make defensive heads spin.

Baltimore ranked No. 29 in total offense last year. General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Head Coach John Harbaugh and others have been aggressive in transforming the unit.

With the official addition of tight end Owen Daniels on Friday, the Ravens have proven playmakers and young talent all over the offense. And it's raising the excitement level in the Under Armour Performance Center.

The Ravens have added Daniels, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Justin Forsett and center Jeremy Zuttah. They retained tight end Dennis Pitta, left tackle Eugene Monroe and wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

"Oh man, I don't think you can say enough about it," Daniels said of the offense.

"All of those guys are a little different in their own ways, but they're all playmakers. That's what you want. You want playmakers on the field and it seems like we have them all over the place here in this offense."

Asked what fans can expect from this upcoming offense, Daniels said "everything."

"There's a lot of different stuff that you can do with everyone that is here," he said. "There's no limit to what direction we can go and what we can do in terms of play calling and stuff that we install week-to-week."

When Daniels agreed to terms on a one-year deal Thursday evening, Tight Ends Coach Brian Pariani, who joined Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak in coming from Houston, apparently let out a "roar."

Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowler (2008 and 2012) who is second all-time in Texans receiving history. Smith is a five-time Pro Bowler who has the fourth-most career receiving yards of any active NFL player (12,197).

"I truly believe you can never have too many horses in the stable," Smith said after learning that Daniels signed. "You can never have too many fast cars in the garage."

Head Coach John Harbaugh couldn't help himself from gushing either, specifically about his new tight-end duo.

"To me, the sky is the limit," Harbaugh said. "We're not going to try to downplay anything that we're capable of accomplishing. These are two of the best tight ends in the National Football League who fit this offense really, really well. That's what we're looking at.

"Hey, no promises, we've got to go out and do it, and we've got to prove it."

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