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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's hip surgery was deemed "successful" on Monday.
We're not quite sure if we've ever heard of an "unsuccessful" surgery, but it's worth noting nonetheless. Doctors are calling it "way too early" to determine Pitta's football future. He faces a long road back that will be filled with plenty of rehab and recovery. Pitta, 29, can't be counted on for 2015 contributions. Sep 23 - 10:14 PM

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Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on injured reserve with a dislocated hip, ending his season.

Pitta, who is also dealing with a fracture, underwent surgery on Monday. Although he's just 29, Pitta's second hip dislocation in as many years has put his career in serious doubt. Pitta is signed through 2018, while his $4 million base salary for 2015 is guaranteed. Pitta and the Ravens have some hard decisions to make in the offseason.
Sep 23 - 5:06 PM

Dennis Pitta underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season.

The Ravens will now turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. They also drafted Crockett Gillmore with a top-100 pick in May. Pitta, 29, has now suffered right hip dislocations in back-to-back years. The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in February, one GM Ozzie Newsome will likely come to regret. All of Pitta's 2015 base salary ($4 million) is guaranteed. It's unclear whether Pitta intends to continue trying to play.
Sep 22 - 5:08 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports Dennis Pitta had his dislocated hip "popped back in" after being sedated on Sunday evening, and is expected to undergo surgery.

Pitta also has a fracture. Underscoring the severity of the situation, Pitta has remained in Cleveland. There hasn't been official word, but Pitta is almost certainly done for the season, leaving Owen Daniels as the Ravens' starting tight end. If you're already in a bye-week crunch, Pitta can be safely dropped. Hopefully his career isn't in danger, but it's a possibility.
Sep 22 - 3:20 PM

Dennis Pitta suffered a right hip dislocation in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Browns.

It's the same hip Pitta dislocated and fractured in training camp of 2013. Per the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are concerned Pitta suffered a fracture, as well, something that can only be revealed based on testing. He will undergo an MRI shortly. If Pitta is done for the season -- which seems likely -- the Ravens will have to find ways to incorporate Torrey Smith more into their offense. Owen Daniels would take over as Baltimore's primary tight end.
Sep 21 - 5:05 PM

Dennis Pitta was carted off the field with a right hip injury in Sunday's game against the Browns.

The non-contact injury occurred on a swing pass to Pitta out of the backfield. He had three catches for 12 yards before exiting. While being carted away, Pitta was in a ton of pain. There would seem to be very little chance he returns today. It's worth noting Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip last year.
Sep 21 - 2:08 PM

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

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

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K1Justin Tucker