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Dennis Pitta | Tight End

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 245
College: Brigham Young
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Dennis Pitta caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Baltimore's Week 2 win over the Steelers.
Pitta's fourth target was a narrowly-missed connection at the goal line. It was a frustrating evening for Pitta's fantasy owners, who likely watched in horror as Steve Smith drew 10 targets, and Owen Daniels vultured two touchdowns. It was just one of those nights for a player coming off a 10-catch Week 1. Pitta is still a safe TE1. Sep 12 - 12:28 AM

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Dennis Pitta secured 10-of-15 targets for 83 yards in the Ravens' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.

Pitta and Joe Flacco had some miscommunications, but compensated with sheer volume. Pitta was Flacco's safety valve while Torrey Smith got stranded on Leon Hall island. Pitta will remain a quality, if low-ceiling TE1 option in Week 2 against the Steelers. Backup Owen Daniels had 34 yards in Sunday's loss.
Sep 7 - 4:52 PM

Dennis Pitta had two catches for 16 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.

He was targeted four times by Joe Flacco. Pitta hasn't had any issues with his hip this preseason, and is a strong bounce back candidate in Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly scheme. Owen Daniels has struggled to stay healthy and isn't going to cut into Pitta's snaps. Pitta projects as a consistent, if low-end TE1. He currently has an ADP in the eighth round.
Aug 23 - 11:51 PM

Dennis Pitta said his hip feels 100 percent as training camp opens.

Pitta did return for the final four games of last season, but lacked some agility and explosiveness as he came off a hip dislocation. Now 100 percent and a focal point of Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense, Pitta is a solid candidate to lead the Ravens in receptions. He's expected to play a "versatile role" in which he's "routinely" split out wide.
Jul 27 - 9:08 PM

Dennis Pitta is expected to be used all over the field in new OC Gary Kubiak's system.

"I have done a lot of different things in this offense already," Pitta said during minicamp. "I would assume that would continue to increase. ... Hopefully, I can get in a position where I can play a variety of positions." Per reporter Aaron Wilson, Pitta will occasionally split out as an extra receiver, and could even take snaps out of the backfield. A two-tight end maestro, Kubiak can be trusted to get Pitta oodles of targets despite the presence of Owen Daniels. Pitta is in strong position to bounce back from his lost 2013.
Jul 9 - 8:06 AM

Dennis Pitta anticipates playing a major role in new OC Gary Kubiak's passing attack.

Pitta should be the 1A to Torrey Smith's 1B, just like Owen Daniels was for Andre Johnson in Kubiak's Houston offenses. "The system is set up for receivers to have big years and for tight ends to catch a lot of footballs," stated Pitta. "Owen has proven that over the years." Added Daniels, who's now a Raven: "We will [catch a lot of balls]. That’s just the way this offense is built."
Jun 8 - 1:42 PM

The Ravens are expected to feature a lot of two-tight end sets this season.

The signing of Owen Daniels will not have a large impact on the production of Dennis Pitta, who was signed to a $32 million contract in February. New OC Gary Kubiak will make strong use of both players via "12" formations, with the more athletic Pitta featured in the "move" role. He remains a strong candidate to lead the Ravens in catches. Under Kubiak, no team in the NFL ran more plays with multiple tight ends than the Texans over the last three seasons.
Apr 7 - 8:08 AM

Dennis Pitta admits he lacked some explosiveness and strength after returning from a hip injury late last season, but feels he is getting close to 100 percent.

Pitta posted a 20-169-1 stat line in four games after returning from injury but unsurprisingly lacked some quickness just four months removed from hip surgery. Now healthy and with new OC Gary Kubiak in town, Pitta is a candidate for a major 2014 breakout. He is a clear TE1 in 2014 PPR fantasy leagues.
Mar 8 - 11:00 AM

Ravens re-signed TE Dennis Pitta to a five-year, $32 million contract.

The $6.4 million annual average puts Pitta in the top nine at his position, so this looks like a reasonable deal for both sides. Early last week, the Ravens and Pitta were reported to be "far apart." With Pitta locked up, GM Ozzie Newsome can now work on Eugene Monroe. Entering new OC Gary Kubiak's "tight end whisperer" offense, Pitta is a candidate for a major 2014 breakout. He's a more spry version of Owen Daniels. Turning 29 in March, Pitta should provide Baltimore with 2-3 seasons of 75-plus receptions as Joe Flacco's go-to chain-moving target. Pitta plays nearly 80 percent of his snaps at slot receiver. He'll be a TE1 to target in 2014 PPR fantasy leagues.
Feb 28 - 12:42 PM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Dennis Pitta and the Ravens are "making progress" on a long-term agreement, but that there's "nothing imminent."

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier Monday that the Ravens are "urgently" trying to get Pitta locked up before the March 3 franchise-tag deadline. Pitta is clearly GM Ozzie Newsome's top in-house priority, and for good reason. Joe Flacco had embarrassingly few targets to throw to while Pitta was sidelined with a hip injury last season. One way or another, he'll be back with the Ravens in 2014.
Feb 24 - 3:02 PM

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens have made free agent Dennis Pitta a major negotiating priority.

Beat writer Aaron Wilson says the Ravens are "urgently" trying to lock up their pass-catching tight end. If the two sides can't work out a deal by March 3, he's fully expected to get the franchise tag despite the impending issues regarding tight end vs. wide receiver status. Pitta is a strong bet to be back with the Ravens as a core piece of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense.
Feb 24 - 9:39 AM

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said he was "very optimistic" Baltimore will keep hold of free agent TE Dennis Pitta.

Reports suggest the Ravens will franchise tag Pitta if a deal cannot be reached by March 3, but Harbaugh said, "The franchise tag is very vague right now, so anything could happen." The vagueness stems from Pitta's position designation. The tight end tag would only cost Baltimore $6.709 million, but Pitta could file a grievance to be considered a wide receiver. If Pitta wins that grievance, his tag number would jump to $11.5 million. The uncertainty makes tagging Pitta a risky move for Baltimore.
Feb 22 - 9:50 AM

A source predicted to the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens will franchise tag free agent Dennis Pitta if the sides don't reach a long-term contract agreement before the March 3 deadline.

March 3 is the deadline for teams to apply franchise and transition tags. The Ravens aren't going to let Pitta walk, and will tag him if that's what it comes to. The Sun reported earlier this week that the sides are "far apart" in contract talks. The tight end tag is worth a reasonable $6.709 million, but Pitta is expected to file a grievance if tagged, arguing he's a wide receiver.
Feb 19 - 10:27 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens and free agent Dennis Pitta are "far apart" in ongoing contract talks.

Unless the gap is bridged between now and March 3, the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag, Pitts is expected to be tagged. If Pitta is franchised, he's expected to file a grievance arguing that he should be paid as a receiver. Either way, Pitta is expected to be with the Ravens for the 2014 season at the very least.
Feb 17 - 6:09 PM

The Baltimore Sun suggests free agent Dennis Pitta could argue he's a wide receiver if franchise tagged as a tight end by the Ravens.

Per Pro Football Focus, Pitta ran 79.7 percent of his 2013 pass routes in the slot, the highest percentage in the league. The tight end tag is worth $6.7 million, while the receiver tag is $11.5 million. The two-week window for teams to slap franchise tags begins on Monday. In an ideal world, the Ravens could avoid this potential dispute by signing Pitta long term. A source tells the Sun, however, that the sides "haven't made substantial progress in contract talks."
Feb 16 - 4:14 PM

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2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Bernard Pierce
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
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WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
WR31Jacoby Jones
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Crockett Gillmore
K1Justin Tucker