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Dennis Pitta | Tight End

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 245
College: Brigham Young
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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 offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will make strong use both players via "12" formations, with the more athletic and speedy Pitta getting 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

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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

NFL.com'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

New Ravens OC Gary Kubiak said he was "very impressed" with free agent Dennis Pitta when studying him.

We're fully expecting the Ravens to retain Pitta and use him in a massive role in their new offensive scheme. "I know he went through a tough year this year with getting injured, but that position has always been a big part of our offense," Kubiak said. "I'm sure it won't be any different." Kubiak has previously made fantasy studs out of Shannon Sharpe and Owen Daniels. He even turned replacement-level talent Garrett Graham into a weekly TE1 this season. Pitta, a perfect intermediate complement to Torrey Smith, is a buy in Dynasty formats.
Feb 3 - 9:48 AM

New Ravens OC Gary Kubiak told reporters at his introductory press conference that he expects free agent Dennis Pitta to "be a big part of the offense" in 2014.

In other words, Kubiak and GM Ozzie Newsome discussed Pitta's status before Kubiak was hired, and Newsome likely assured him Pitta would be re-signed. Pitta's loss proved a crushing blow to Baltimore's 2013 offense, which couldn't sustain drives with a pathetic run game and only deep threat receivers outside. Now healthy, Pitta will have a chance to lead the 2014 Ravens in catches.
Jan 27 - 3:52 PM

The Baltimore Sun suggests the Ravens could use the franchise tag on impending free agent Dennis Pitta.

GM Ozzie Newsome made it clear on Wednesday that re-signing Pitta will be a top priority this offseason. And Pitta, who is best friends with Joe Flacco, has made it known that his preference is to return to Baltimore. But if the two sides can't reach an agreement by the time free agency opens in March, using the approximate $6.7 million tag for tight ends could buy some time. The offense desperately missed Pitta's crisp, intermediate skill set this season as he sat out the first 12 games due to a hip dislocation. He would've easily led the Ravens in catches if he had stayed healthy.
Jan 8 - 12:04 PM

Dennis Pitta caught eight passes for 63 yards in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Pitta was targeted a team-high 11 times and played considerably more snaps than he had been getting since his Week 14 return. It was just a success for Pitta to play the final month of the season after needing hip surgery in the summer. Many thought he would miss the entire season. Instead, Pitta played in four games and caught 20 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. He'll be a free agent in March. Joe Flacco will be pounding the table for the Ravens to re-sign his safety blanket over the middle. Pitta will probably be seeking $7 million annually on a new deal after proving he's healthy.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught four passes for 34 yards in Baltimore's Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Pitta should have had a fifth catch, but was missed badly by Joe Flacco on a play that resulted in an interception. Pitta and Flacco also couldn't connect on a third-quarter end zone target. Pitta's seven looks were up on last week's four, but he's still not being force fed the ball the way fantasy owners had envisioned. Pitta has a dicey Week 17 matchup in a Bengals defense that's largely held tight ends in check.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Dennis Pitta blames game flow for his two-catch Week 15.

"Part of that game when I was out there, we saw some bracket coverage, things where opportunities are going to be minimal in those situations," Pitta said. Pitta admits that his legs aren't yet 100 percent underneath him, but believes he's "getting more comfortable and I do feel progress every week." We expect Pitta to have a nice game against a Patriots defense with some of the worst coverage linebackers in the league.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 09:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
3Nick Stephens
RB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3Justin Forsett
4Cierre Wood
GLB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3RB1Ray Rice
2Justin Forsett
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
3Deonte Thompson
4Kamar Aiken
WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Aaron Mellette
4Gerrard Sheppard
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Matt Furstenburg
4Nathan Overbay
K1Justin Tucker