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88 Dennis Pitta TE
Height/Weight: 6-4/245 | Birthdate: 6/29/1985 | Birthplace: Fresno, CA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Brigham Young | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 15/9 | Average Draft Position: 78.37
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Ravens TE Dennis Pitta doesn't know if he'll be able to play again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, who underwent season-ending hip surgery last month, told the Baltimore Sun it's too soon to tell whether he'll be able to resume his career.

"It’s tough," Pitta said. "I have to be patient right now, I have to let myself heal and take it one day at a time and begin my rehab and work hard doing that when I can. It’s a tough process and something, unfortunately, I have been through before and will get through again.

"In a few months, we’ll see how I’m feeling and how things are going and we’ll be able to make some determinations then," Pitta said. "It’s still too early to kind of tell, and I’ll continue on like I did last year and get myself ready to get back on the field."

In Week 3 against the Browns, Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip for the second straight year.


Phillip Supernaw takes Dennis Pitta's spot on Ravens roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Ravens announced Tuesday they placed tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) on injured reserve. To take his spot on the roster, tight end Phillip Supernaw was elevated from the practice squad.

Dennis Pitta done for season following hip surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Monday tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery after injuring his hip Sunday at Cleveland and will miss the remainder of the season.

Report: Dennis Pitta to have surgery for hip injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which is also likely fractured, team sources told The Baltimore Sun. Pitta, who will remain in a Cleveland hospital this week, could miss the rest of the season.

Scan reveals dislocated hip for Dennis Pitta; fracture feared


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta at least dislocated his right hip in the second quarter of the Sunday game in Cleveland, but the fear is that it could be fractured, per the Baltimore Sun.

Pitta missed 12 games in 2013 with an injury to the same hip and might lose the next 13 if the injury is that serious.

He caught three passes for 12 yards before going down on a play in which he was not hit. He was turning upfield when the injury occurred.


Dennis Pitta taken to hospital to have injured hip checked out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has been taken to a local Cleveland hospital for an examination on his injured right hip.

Pitta sustained the injury making a cut upfield in the second quarter of the Sunday game against the Browns. He lost all but four games of the 2013 season to an injury of the same hip.


Dennis Pitta out with recurrence of hip injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has been carted off the field with an apparent right hip injury sustained in Cleveland.

Pitta had caught a pass and was turning upfield when his knee gave way. It is the same injury that limited him to four games last season.


Dennis Pitta a solid Week 3 start


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Dennis Pitta got Kubiak-ed in Week 2 against the Steelers when his backup, Owen Daniels, scored two touchdowns. The irony is Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak used to steal touchdowns from Daniels all the time when he coached the Texans.

Don't panic about Pitta. He had 10 catches for 83 yards in Week 1 against the Bengals and he should remain a significant contributor most weeks, including here.

The Browns were just beat up by Jimmy Graham in Week 2 at home, which happens to most teams, and Graham had 10 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Cleveland tried to limit the Saints from throwing downfield.

If the Browns do that against the Ravens this week then count on Pitta having a big game.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Dennis Pitta hauls in career-high 10 passes


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played a huge part in the team's passing game Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the Bengals in Week 1.

Pitta was targeted 15 times and hauled in a team-high 10 of those passes thrown his way, as he served as Joe Flacco's favorite target. He racked up 83 yards in the game, 23 of them on one pass, his longest of the game.

Pitta missed all but four games a year ago, but showed he is healthy with his career-best performance Sunday. He will look to keep rolling when he takes on the Steelers in Week 2 Thursday. 


Dennis Pitta looking to break out vs. Bengals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) A hip injury limited Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta to just four games a year ago, but he showed a bit of what he could do in a late-season performance against the Bengals, the team he opens the season against in Week 1 this Sunday.

Pitta was featured heavily in last season's finale, as he hauled in eight of 11 passes thrown his way, though he managed just 63 yards on those receptions. Still, he showed that he can find success against a stingy Bengals defense that allowed an average of just 6.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends last season, the seventh-lowest total in the league.

Only one tight end had more receptions in a game against the Bengals last season, and a full offseason of strengthening should help Pitta's breakaway ability. Don't expect the Bengals to hold him in check as well as they did last season, and consider Pitta a solid option in most Fantasy formats on Draft Day. 


Dennis Pitta practicing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, sidelined earlier this week with a sprained ankle, practiced Wednesday, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Dennis Pitta has 'little' ankle spain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta did not practice Monday due to what coach John Harbaugh called a "little ankle sprain," reports the Baltimore Sun. Pitta also was held out of Sunday's practice.

Dennis Pitta not practicing after leg tweak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta "tweaked his leg" and was held out of practice Sunday, reports the Baltimore Sun. Coach John Harbaugh described the injury as minor.

Dennis Pitta a difference maker in red zone


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) With tight end Dennis Pitta out for most of last season, the Ravens ranked 31st in red zone scoring percentage, notes ESPN.com. Pitta scored 10 touchdowns in the red zone in 2011 and 2012, three more than any other Raven during that span, and the team is expecting a similar impact in 2014.

Pitta appears fully recovered from last year's hip injury. "I’m out here not thinking about it," Pitta said. "It’s not giving me an issue at all; I feel 100 percent. I’m encouraged with where I’m at."

Pitta has plenty of motivation after playing in just four games last year. "Not playing very much at all last season, you just have to kind of watch and wish you were out there, watch other people do well and wish you could be out there showcasing your abilities," he said. "So, I’m excited to have that chance this year and certainly motivated to do that."


Dennis Pitta to play versatile role


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2014) The Ravens are expected to use tight end Dennis Pitta in a variety of ways this offseason, reports the Baltimore Sun.

During offseason practices, Pitta has been split out as an extra wide receiver to working out of the backfield as well as traditional in-line tight end alignments.

"I have done a lot of different things in this offense already," Pitta said. "I would assume that would continue to increase, but I'm trying to get down the basics still right now and trying to be effective at some of our basic plays, and hopefully, I can get in a position where I can play a variety of positions."


Dennis Pitta headed for breakout year


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta said he's "reinventing" himself, and the newer version could be on the verge of a breakout season, reports the team's official website.

Pitta's best year was in 2012 when he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed most of the 2013 season with a hip injury.

"That's what you always shoot for; you always want the breakout year," Pitta said. "I think there is a little more excitement for me than usual. When you don't get to play a major role like you thought you would originally, it excites you to be back."

Pitta should benefit with the addition of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who was the former head coach in Houston. No offense targeted tight ends more over the past three years than Kubiak's did with the Texans.

"It's a fun system to play in and I'm excited to learn and grow," Pitta said "The system is set up for receivers to have big years and for tight ends to catch a lot of footballs."


Joe Flacco, receivers to get early start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will work out with his receivers before the team's offseason program.

"Joe has communicated that through texts, and Torrey [Smith] has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It's big."

Flacco's receiving corps includes Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco threw 19 touchdowns and a career-high 22 interceptions last year.


Ravens sign Dennis Pitta to five-year deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Ravens have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with tight end Dennis Pitta, the Baltimore Sun reports. The contract is worth $32 million.

The deal avoided a potential messy situation with the franchise tag, and now the Ravens have locked up one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets. Pitta returned last season from a fractured, dislocated right hip to play the final four games. He caught 20 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown.

Pitta, 28, has 122 career receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns.




Ravens, Dennis Pitta could strike deal by Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Ravens and impending free agent tight end Dennis Pitta are making progress in negotiations and could reach a contract agreement by Monday's deadline to franchise players, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

If the deal isn't reached by Monday, "the Ravens would buy time by tagging him," La Canfora wrote.


Ravens, Dennis Pitta's people meet to talk deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/24/2014) The Ravens and representatives for tight end Dennis Pitta met in Indianapolis recently to talk about a long-term deal. Though no deal is imminent, the Baltimore Sun believes the Ravens want to make signing Pitta a "major negotiating priority." 

It is believed that if the Ravens can't sign Pitta to a long-term deal they would franchise him at the tight end level of $6.9 million. If they do that then it is believed that Pitta's reps would file a grievance arguing that Pitta should be tagged as a receiver since he plays more as a receiver than as a tight end. A receiver's franchise tender is at least $11.5 million. 

Pitta had 20 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown last season, playing in only four games thanks to a preseason hip injury. In 2012 he had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven scores, establishing himself as Joe Flacco's go-to target. 


Harbaugh optimistic Dennis Pitta will return


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh remains optimistic about retaining free agent tight end Dennis Pitta. reports the Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens could use the franchise tag to hold onto Pitta, but that's a potentially risky move because it's unclear if it would cost $6.7 million under the tight end franchise designation or $11.5 million for a wide receiver franchise classification. Pitta is expected to file a grievance to get the receiver franchise tag figure if he's franchised, according to a source.

Harbaugh didn't rule out the possibility of Pitta not being franchised and hitting the open market in free agency on March 11.

"I think every scenario is possible here," Harbaugh said. "The franchise tag is very vague right now, so anything could happen."


Ravens, Dennis Pitta 'far apart' on new deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta are "far apart" on a new contract, a source tells the Baltimore Sun. That means the team might have to utilize their franchise tag to retain him for at least one season. 

But if that happens there could be a grievance filed because Pitta and his representatives believe he's more of a wide receiver than a tight end. The Ravens have listed him as a tight end since drafting him. So why the grievance? The franchise tag tender for a tight end is $6.7 million while the one for a receiver is $11.5 million. A source predicted to the Sun that a grievance would indeed be filed

Pitta had 20 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown last season, playing in only four games thanks to a preseason hip injury. In 2012 he had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven scores, establishing himself as Joe Flacco's go-to target. 


Report: Dennis Pitta is Raven most likely to get franchised


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Tight end Dennis Pitta is the Ravens player most likely to get franchised, reports the Baltimore Sun. The tag would give Baltimore time to work out an extension with Pitta and make sure Joe Flacco has one of his best weapons in 2014, the report added.

Many are predicting big things for Pitta in new coordinator Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly system. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has said he won't hesitate to use the tag, but has not named the players he is considering tagging. Teams have until March 3 to apply the tag.

If tagged, Pitta would make about $6.7 million next season.


Gary Kubiak: Dennis Pitta should thrive in my offense


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Tight end Dennis Pitta is an unrestricted free agent, but could benefit from staying with the Ravens, the team website has speculated. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has a history of maximizing the talent of players at his position.

Both Owen Daniels and Shannon Sharpe enjoyed tremendous seasons working with Kubiak, who believes Pitta can follow in their footsteps.

"I remember studying Dennis, and I'm very impressed with him as a player," Kubiak said. I know he went though a tough year this year with getting injured, but that position has always been a big part of our offense. I'm sure it won't be any different."

Pitta, who was limited to four games this season with a hip injury, could re-sign with the Ravens or get the franchise tag.


Dennis Pitta could thrive in new offense


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the team's new offense, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has typically run offenses that are pretty friendly to tight ends. In both 2011 and 2012, tight ends in Kubiak's offense caught at least 10 touchdowns both seasons, and had over 1,300 yards. Pitta is an unrestricted free-agent, but could return to Baltimore after a hip injury limited him to just four games last season. The team could also opt to place the franchise tag on Pitta in order to keep him in the fold.