Center needs to be the Ravens next big upgrade

435px-Gino_Gradkowski_2013The Baltimore Ravens had a very bad offensive line last season, the Ravens running game was nearly nonexistent and the passing game struggled because of it.  I talked about how poor the offensive line was nearly all last season and it was a huge topic in my Ravens season review. 

The Ravens already re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe but they need to really upgrade their center position.  Gino Gradkowski was very much a weak link for the Ravens in his first season starting.  I wrote during the season that the Ravens were missing Matt Birk, that article can be found here.

Gradkowski is small for a center at only 6’3” 300 pounds, and it showed as he was pushed around last season and struggled in both run and pass blocking.  Gradkowski also struggle with calling protections and staying on his feet.  Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked 48 times last season and was playing injured late in the season because he was hit so many times.
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Keeping Dennis Pitta should be the Ravens top priority

450px-Dennis_Pitta_2011_stadium_practiceThe Baltimore Ravens have a lot of free agents again this year but non of them are as important as tight end Dennis Pitta.  Pitta proved that he was irreplaceable when he was injured for most of the season.  Pitta is a go-to guy for quarterback Joe Flacco, the two are friends on and off the field.

Despite missing 12 games in the 2013 season Pitta still had 20 receptions and a touchdown coming off a major injury.  Pitta was effective right away once he knocked off his rust.
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