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Dennis Pitta | Tight End | #88

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 238
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (114) / BAL
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NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Dennis Pitta has reworked his deal to stay with the Ravens.
He would have been cut without the restructure. Turning 32 in June, Pitta was previously owed a $5.5 million base salary with a $7.7 million cap charge. Although he caught 86 passes to lead all NFL tight ends last season, Pitta did nothing in the red zone and amounted to a catch-and-fall guy. He also got blown up as a blocker. Pitta's role should be scaled back this season. Mar 10 - 5:46 PM

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The Ravens have asked Dennis Pitta to take a pay cut.

Pitta is scheduled to count $7.7 million against the cap in 2017, which is sixth-highest among tight ends. He led all tight ends in catches last season with 86, but Pitta proved allergic to the end zone, catching just two touchdowns all year. They came in the same game. Pitta is also one of the weakest blockers at the position. He turns 32 in June and has a long injury history.
Mar 8 - 12:04 PM

Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.

The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Feb 22 - 9:53 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec wrote "it's tough to envision" Dennis Pitta returning for 2017 on his current contract.

Pitta took a pay cut last offseason to stay with the team, and he might have to do the same again this spring. Pitta did lead tight ends with 86 catches in his comeback campaign, but he averaged 8.5 yards per catch while finding the end zone twice. That production is not worth the $7.7 million cap hit Pitta carries next season, especially since the Ravens currently have six tight ends on the roster. It would not be surprising if Baltimore moved on from both Pitta and Benjamin Watson this offseason.
Jan 7 - 11:17 AM

Dennis Pitta caught 11-of-16 targets for 91 yards in the Ravens' Week 17 loss to the Bengals.

A catch-and-fall specialist and purely a possession target, Pitta deserves credit for coming back from multiple broken hips but wound up averaging just 8.5 yards per reception on 86 receptions with two touchdowns. Pitta is signed for $5.5 million in 2017. He turns 32 in June. The Ravens need 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams to get healthy and step forward in the passing game.
Jan 1 - 4:19 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 8-of-11 targets for 75 yards in the Ravens' Week 16 loss to the Steelers.

Pitta had a bigger game than normal, but his fantasy day could have been much better. He almost came up with a diving, one-handed grab at the goal line in the second quarter, and Flacco threw just behind him on what should have been a touchdown just before halftime. Pitta still made some big plays, converting a crucial third down in the fourth quarter and serving as a safety blanket late in the game. With the Ravens now out of the playoff hunt, Pitta will look to end his comeback season on a high note in Cincinnati next week.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:38:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Ravens' Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Pitta has showed sporadically that he is capable of popping up for tough-to-predict big games, but for the most part his game has lacked big-play ability so far this season. Pitta will remain a low-ceiling TE2 against Pittsburgh in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 4-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Ravens' Week 14 loss to the Patriots.

Pitta predictably crashed back to Earth after his 9-90-2 line against the Dolphins in Week 13 when he scored his first touchdowns since 2012. He, Nick Boyle (3-15), and Darren Waller (1-3-1) split the tight end work in this one, with Waller cashing in the red-zone opportunities for a touchdown. Pitta will get catches, but his upside is minimal ahead of a tough Week 15 date with the Eagles.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:39:00 AM

Dennis Pitta snagged nine-of-11 targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Ravens' Week 13 win over the Dolphins.

Pitta ended a 17-game touchdown drought on Sunday and he did it with style. Baltimore made a point to attack the middle of the field, which, coincidentally, is where Pitta makes his living. His first touchdown came on a 13-yard pass Joe Flacco managed to squeeze between Isa Abdul-Quddus and Bacarri Rambo. He went for six again late in the first half, this time beating Rambo in zone coverage for a nine-yard score. Pitta did lose a fumble in the fourth quarter but the Ravens were way ahead at that point. His nine catches matched a season-high and the 90 yards he tallied were his most since Week 2. Pitta will be a TE2 consideration next week against New England.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 3-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Ravens' Week 12 win over the Bengals.

Ho hum, another slow game for Pitta in a good matchup. It's hard to keep up faith that Pitta can become a legitimate fantasy asset when he consistently fails to hit in plum spots. He'll be a low-ceiling TE2 in Week 13 against Miami.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 3-of-5 targets for 30 yards in the Week 11 loss to the Cowboys.

This has become what to expect from Pitta. He still hasn't scored a touchdown in over 1,000 calendar days. Pitta will be a TE1/2 next week against a Bengals defense that struggles to contain tight ends.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:04:00 PM

Dennis Pitta secured all six of his targets for 26 yards Thursday in the Ravens' Week 10 win over the Browns.

You know the drill by now with Pitta. He catches a ton of short passes and is allergic to scoring touchdowns. That was the story of his Thursday night. Pitta does carry some PPR appeal at a thin fantasy position, but trusting him as a weekly starter seems like a fool’s errand. He’ll be in the TE2 mix next week at Dallas.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:21:00 AM

Dennis Pitta caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in the Ravens' Week 9 win over the Steelers.

Yikes. The targets were Pitta's fewest of the season. With half the year in the books, Pitta is on pace for 80/698/0. It's impressive considering he played just seven games the past three seasons, but not exactly helping fantasy owners. Pitta is a low-floor, low-ceiling option that hopefully won't be on the TE1 radar in weeks where fewer than six teams are on bye.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 4-of-10 targets for 40 yards in the Ravens' Week 7 loss to the Jets.

Pitta has seen ten targets in each of Steve Smith Sr.'s missed games, but he still hasn't scored a touchdown since December of 2013. A high-volume tight end in the Ravens' high-volume passing game, Pitta has PPR value but much less in standard scoring leagues. Baltimore will face Pittsburgh after a Week 8 bye.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Dennis Pitta hauled in six-of-10 targets for 36 yards Sunday in the Ravens' Week 6 loss to the Giants.

Pitta led the Ravens with 10 targets but managed a long catch of only 11 yards. Though he still carries some value at a thin fantasy position, the reality is that Pitta is an injury-prone 31-year-old averaging just 8.7 yards per catch. Not to mention that it’s been three years since he scored his last touchdown. Pitta will merely be a TE2 against the Jets in Week 7.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Ryan Mallett
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1Terrance West
2Danny Woodhead
3Buck Allen
4Lorenzo Taliaferro
5Kenneth Dixon
GLB1Terrance West
2Danny Woodhead
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Terrance West
WR11Mike Wallace
2Chris Moore
3Vince Mayle
4Chris Matthews
5Tim Patrick
WR21Breshad Perriman
2Michael Campanaro
3Keenan Reynolds
4Kenny Bell
5Quincy Adeboyejo
WR31Chris Moore
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Ben Watson
3Crockett Gillmore
4Maxx Williams
5Darren Waller
LT1Ronnie Stanley
2De'Ondre Wesley
LG1Alex Lewis
2Ryan Jensen
3Jermaine Eluemunor
C1John Urschel
2Matt Skura
RG1Marshal Yanda
2Nico Siragusa
3Jarrod Pughsley
RT1James Hurst
2Stephane Nembot
K1Justin Tucker