After another lackluster preseason performance, is it time to be concerned about the Ravens offense?
Joe Flacco threw for over 100 yards, but 77 of that came on the touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. Outside of Smith's big play, the offense did absolutely nothing, whether it was through the air or on the ground.
It's becoming painfully obvious that the absence of Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin is having a major effect on both the running and passing game. The team is also struggling along the offensive line without Marshal Yanda and retired center Matt Birk.
Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley made their Ravens preseason debut and combined for a whole lot of nothing. Tandon Doss continues to be a non-factor, and no one else has really stepped up as the No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver. Ed Dickson remains out of the lineup with a hamstring injury and might not be back in time for the season opener against Denver.
While there is definitely some reason for concern, it's not time to panic.
Yanda is healthy and could play in the next preseason game, which would be a major upgrade for the offensive line. Clark and Stokley are still getting comfortable with their new surroundings. Maybe they never fit in, but one preseason game is hardly enough time to draw a final conclusion.
Dickson was having a terrific training camp until tearing his hamstring, giving the Ravens hope that he can produce when healthy. The running game will improve as the passing game and offensive line progresses.
Torrey Smith has looked like a different player in the preseason, showing that he is becoming a more complete wide receiver and ready to shoulder a heavier load. Maybe teams will start to pay more attention to him and roll additional coverage his way, but that could open things up for the team's other receiving options.
There is also the possibility that Pitta could return and help the Ravens at some point this season, though it's a pretty small chance.
The Ravens offense might struggle at times this year, but the loss of Boldin and Pitta means that this shouldn't be a surprise. With that said, it's not time to panic given that we are just two preseason games into the year.