Originally posted on The Fake Football  |  Last updated 5/8/13
It’s been two months since we first heard, upon Anquan Boldin’s departure to San Francisco, that Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta would benefit from the absence of Joe Flacco’s security blanket. It’s immediately clear to anyone who watched the Ravens’ (sometimes brutally bad) offense in 2012 why Pitta would be the beneficiary of Boldin’s exit from Baltimore. Pitta and Boldin often occupied the same spot on the field — over the middle, finding soft spots in coverage. Anyone who owned Pitta for more than a few games in 2012 remembers the nightmarish vanishing act the tight end often pulled, sometimes after looking like a reliable top-12 option just a week before. It wasn’t just Pitta’s reception and yardage that reached maddening peaks and valleys throughout 2012 — it was his opportunities, his targets, as well. I looked back at Boldin’s biggest games and Pitta’s most dominant performances from last season, and — not shockingly — found that when one succeeded, the other failed
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