Look for a lot of Dickson and Pitta

Looks like the football gene was carried down from Ray Lewis to Ray Lewis III.

The son of the Ravens' linebacker, who is now a junior at Lake Mary Prep in Florida, posted a ridiculous stat line last Friday, recording a whopping 384 rushing yards and five touchdowns on just 27 carries in a game against Foundation Academy.

Here's a link to the Orlando Sentinel article on the game.

Lewis III racked up 504 total yards from scrimmage in a game last year, but the numbers he put up last week are far more impressive, in my opinion.

14.2 yards per carry? Insane.

Now back to topics related to the elder Lewis and his team.

With the Ravens' wide receiving corps looking the way it does right now, don't be at all surprised to see tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta play a major role tomorrow against the Rams.

Baltimore will be lacking its No. 2 wideout in Lee Evans and another target in David Reed, both of whom will miss the Rams game because of injuries. As I mentioned yesterday, they'll be relying solely on Anquan Boldin and three rookies - Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams - out wide tomorrow.

As a result, expect Dickson and Pitta to be called on the help pick up some of the workload.

The two second-year tight ends have gotten off to a strong start to the season, combining for 11 catches, 153 yards and a touchdown, and their versatility could be a big plus against St. Louis.

Dickson can almost be utilized as an extra wideout, given his speed and playmaking ability. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron could line him up in the slot and let him work over the middle, or could even use him out wide and isolate him on a defensive back who will inevitably be much smaller than the 6-foot-4, 255-lb. tight end.

Pitta can then be used in more of the traditional tight end role, and can be counted on to work the seams and the underneath routes.

The Ravens will rely on their young receivers to step up in Evans' and Reed's absences, but they'll likely lean on their two athletic tight ends to help pick up some of the slack, as well.

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