The Baltimore Ravens should feature plenty of multiple tight end sets this upcoming season, as they are three-deep at the position with star flex guy Dennis Pitta, traditional in-line pass-catcher Owen Daniels, and intriguing Colorado State rookie Crockett Gillmore, who made a name for himself with a strong Senior Bowl. Daniels will feature as the No. 2 guy behind Pitta, though Pitta figures to hoard targets and be utilized all over the formation. As we saw during his time with the Houston Texans, new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak likes to emphasize the tight end position, and he has another deep stable of TEs to work with in Baltimore.
Maybe more importantly for Daniels, the two have plenty of familiarity, though it’s impossible to envision Daniels getting enough targets to come near his best seasons in Houston. That said, Kubiak has re-assured those doubting how much Daniels has left in the tank (he played in just five games last year due to a severe injury) that the new veteran TE has a role in the offense.
According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Daniels stated that he’s still dealing with some soreness in his hamstring, but he added that it shouldn’t be an issue and that he feels “ready to go”. Daniels hasn’t exactly had a great training camp due to the injury, but he should still be a quality safety blanket for Joe Flacco, who could have a big season due to the improvements around him (most namely Steve Smith and a healthy Pitta, as well as a great OC and QBs coach in Kubiak and his former OC Rick Dennison).