Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) after making a reception during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Texans 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Owen Daniels – Good Wheels Coming to the Baltimore Ravens?


 

The Baltimore Ravens have concluded an agreement with former Houston tight end Owen Daniels on a one-year deal … with those three famous words attached, “pending a physical.”  As the Orioles demonstrated with the Grant Balfour debacle, physicals can be more than obligatory annoyances and procedural paperwork. And they should be, especially in this case where Daniels played only five games in 2013 due to a leg injury, and was then release three weeks ago under the designation of “failed physical.”

But honestly, chances are decent that the physical issue is in the past and that this signing will be another offseason positive for the Ravens. Adding to his value is Daniels’ long-term association with new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak. Early in any discussion of a Kubiak-designed offense is a highlighting of the issue of the importance of tight ends. Daniels has lived it for his entire eight-year career, and here is the guy who can handle the blocks as well as make tough catches in tight situations. Below are his career numbers, including being a Pro Bowl player* in 2008 and 2012 …

Year

Age

Tm

G

GS

Rec

Yds

Y/R

TD

Lng

R/G

Y/G

2006

24

HOU

14

12

34

352

10.4

5

33

2.4

25.1

2007

25

HOU

16

16

63

768

12.2

3

29

3.9

48.0

2008*

26

HOU

16

16

70

862

12.3

2

35

4.4

53.9

2009

27

HOU

8

8

40

519

13.0

5

44

5.0

64.9

2010

28

HOU

11

10

38

471

12.4

2

31

3.5

42.8

2011

29

HOU

15

15

54

677

12.5

3

34

3.6

45.1

2012*

30

HOU

15

13

62

716

11.5

6

39

4.1

47.7

2013

31

HOU

5

5

24

252

10.5

3

28

4.8

50.4

Career

100

95

385

4617

12.0

29

44

3.9

46.2

 

The addition of Daniels would seem to put an end to any possibility of seeing Ed Dickson return. Two weeks ago when writing that Dickson was apparently offered a contract, I icluded this summary, “Drafted in 2010 in the third round, Dickson had a particularly strong season in 2011 with 54 catches. His consistency has not been the same since then, making him a frequent goat for the local fans. Dickson’s role has been more often with blocking assignments.”

This acquisition also made me think immediately that Eric Ebron of North Carolina will be less of a desired pick in the draft, though as I’ve written frequently I do not believe he will still be available at selection #17.

Step by step the offense is being rebuilt, and each step makes the next easier to discern.

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