The Ravens had two key members of their receiving corps go out with injuries in their first preseason game, as Ed Dickson left with a shoulder injury and Torrey Smith left with an ankle injury. Both are expected to miss most of the preseason and, while they are expected to be back for week 1, this will mean that Joe Flacco will be without 3 of his top-4 receivers for most of the Preseason as Dennis Pitta will also miss all of the preseason and possibly week 1 with a broken hand. The only one healthy currently is Anquan Boldin, who is heading into his age 32 season and has declined noticeably over the last 2 seasons.
This could hurt Joe Flacco’s timing with his receiving early in the season, which won’t help him bounce back from a season in which he had his career worst completion percentage, 57.6%, and YPA, 6.7 YPA, along with 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. There will be more pressure on the offense this year, with what should be an inferior defense (as compared to 2011) behind them, thanks to an injury to Terrell Suggs, the losses of Jarret Johnson and Cory Redding, and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aging. The Ravens could have a down year this season.
As for Dickson and Smith, missing time could hurt their timing once the season starts. This is disappointing for Smith, who looked poised to have a breakout year, after catching 50 passes for 841 yards and 7 touchdowns last year, despite playing most of the season with a hernia, including 27 catches for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns in his final 7 seasons. In his first full offseason, Smith was impressing and looked like someone who could have a 1000 yard season in 2012. With this latest injury, expectations should be tempered slightly.