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Ropati Pitoitua | Defensive Lineman

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 298
College: Washington State
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Titans DE Ropati Pitoitua underwent hand surgery Monday, but expects to be ready for Week 1.
Pitoitua is an edge-setting 3-4 defensive end. He offers nothing in terms of pass rush and will be removed from the field on all passing downs. Aug 26 - 2:17 PM

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Titans re-signed DE Ropati Pitoitua to a three-year, $9.6 million contract.

The deal includes a $2.175 million signing bonus. Pitoitua isn't a pass rusher, but was stout against the run in 585 snaps last season. He's viewed as a natural fit for new DC Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4 defense. The Titans were Pitoitua's third team in as many years, which could explain why he was willing forego a look at the open market. Despite the change in the Titans' front, Pitoitua should be utilized much the same in 2014 as he was in 2013. He's a run plugger.
Mar 6 - 6:34 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports there's been "movement" in contract talks between the Titans and free agent DE Ropati Pitoitua.

The 29-year-old (in April) run plugger is coming off a solid season, and is a fit for new DC Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4. Pure run stoppers are often disappointed with what they find on the open market, so Pitoitua would be unwise to turn down a fair offer ahead of Tuesday.
Mar 6 - 5:33 PM

The Nashville Tennessean believes the Titans will attempt to re-sign free agent DE Ropati Pitoitua.

Pitoitua projects as a good fit for new DC Ray Horton’s hybrid 3-4. He turns 29 in April and graded out as a top-ten defensive end against the run by Pro Football Focus. Pitoitua is doubtful to command much guaranteed money, but has value as an early-down run plugger. He chipped in four sacks last season.
Feb 14 - 8:15 PM

The Titans opened training camp with Ropati Pitoitua as their starting left end, and Derrick Morgan on the right side.

The Titans appear to be borrowing concepts from the Seahawks, using 6-foot-8, 315-pound Pitoitua as their Red Bryant and Kam Wimbley in the Bruce Irvin role. Morgan will be the Chris Clemons, and Sammie Lee Hill the Brandon Mebane. Jurell Casey is the three-technique tackle. The idea is to limit Wimbley's snaps, keeping his legs fresh, and utilize Pitoitua as an early-down run plugger.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 09:05:00 PM

The Nashville Tennessean cautions to not be "surprised" when Titans DE Ropati Pitoitua lines up as a starter in Week 1.

Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley are easily the Titans' top two edge rushers, but the coaching staff wants to rotate the two more this season in order to keep them fresh. Pitoitua (6-foot-8, 315) was signed to a one-year deal, and he brings some much-needed beef to a defense that was gashed by the run in 2012. Expect Pitoitua to anchor the strong side when he's in the game.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Titans agreed to terms with DE Ropati Pitoitua, formerly of the Chiefs.

Pitoitua visited the Jets before signing in Tennessee. A rotational lineman with experience both on the inside and outside, Pitoitua is being fashioned as a defensive end in Tennessee. A mammoth 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, Pitoitua played 505 snaps for the Chiefs last season, tallying 51 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He won't help the Titans' perimeter pass rush whatsoever.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Free agent DL Ropati Pitoitua visited the Titans Wednesday.

The Titans are interested in getting bigger along their defensive line, and the 6'8/315 Pitoitua certainly fits the bill. He had 51 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in a rotational role as a 3-4 end with the Chiefs last year. The Titans likely view Pitoitua as a tackle in their 4-3.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Chiefs DE Ropati Pitoitua (questionable, elbow) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Pitoitua had two sacks filling in for Glenn Dorsey (calf) last week, and has been one of the few bright spots in the Chiefs' defense. If he continues to play at a high level, Pitoitua could be an option to replace Dorsey at right end, who becomes a free agent after the season.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 08:40:00 PM

Chiefs signed DE Ropati Pitoitua, formerly of the Jets.

Pitoitua cleared waivers, as expected. If he makes the Chiefs' final roster, the designated run stopper will play a situational role behind ends Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey in Romeo Crennel's defense.
Tue, May 8, 2012 06:48:00 PM

Jets waived DE Ropati Pitoitua.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum had just talked up Pitoitua a few weeks ago. The 6-foot-8, 315-pound "five technique" played well over 300 snaps for New York last season, but added little as a pass rusher and is only a rotational run defender at this point. Pitoitua's rather large $950,000 base salary plus $200,000 workout bonus will make him unattractive in the waivers process.
Wed, May 2, 2012 06:48:00 PM

Jets DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee) will not play in Week 6 against the Dolphins.

The backup rotational end has nine tackles and one sack on the year, and his absence isn't going to significantly downgrade a struggling Jets run defense. It's just not going to help matters, obviously.
Sat, Oct 15, 2011 08:47:00 PM

Jets signed DE Ropati Pitoitua to a one-year, $1.3 million contract extension.

Pitoitua will receive a $150,000 signing bonus and will now make $950,000 in 2012. He'll also get a $200,000 workout bonus in the second year. The 6'8", 315-pound monster saw 25 snaps in Week 1 against Dallas. He's set to play in a rotational role behind rookie Muhammad Wilkerson this season.
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 11:28:00 AM

Jets DE Ropati Pitoitua feels like he's 100 percent recovered from Achilles' tendon surgery.

Pitoitua suffered the injury nearly a year ago. There's no guarantee that he'll return to form after such a serious injury. The 26-year-old will play a rotational role behind rookie Muhammad Wilkerson.
Source: Newsday
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 06:37:00 PM

Jets DE Ropati Pitoitua is participating in player-organized offseason workouts nine months after tearing his left Achilles' tendon.

"He’s moving around like nothing happened," fellow DE Mike DeVito said. "... He’s a great player, and to come back from that adversity and what’s happened, he’s looking really good." Pitoitua says he's at about 75 percent. He'll be in the mix for a roster spot if he can recover by the preseason.
Fri, Jun 3, 2011 06:27:00 PM

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