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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: 4 | Owned/Started%: 63/37 | Average Draft Position: 88.92
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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. 


Dennis Pitta figures prominently in Ravens' 2014 plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he has a high opinion of tight end Dennis Pitta and expects him to be a big part of the offense, reports the National Football Post. Pitta played in just four games this season following hip surgery.

Ozzie Newsome: Dennis Pitta could receive franchise tag


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that his team will use the franchise tag this year, perhaps on tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta missed all but the last four games with a hip injury, but did catch 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown after his return.

Dennis Pitta finishes with 63 yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta caught eight passes for 63 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Bengals. Pitta was targeted a team-high 11 times. 

Pitta finished an injury-shortened season (he played four games) on a high note; the yards and receptions were season-highs. 

Pitta caught one touchdown pass in the four-game span. 


Ravens receive small offensive contributions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) A few Ravens made small offensive contributions Week 16. Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson each finished the game with four grabs. Pitta had 34 yards while Dickson had 44 yards.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown also chipped in with four receptions for 51 yards on seven targets. Vonta Leach had one catch for 1 yard. Running back Bernard Pierce rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries and caught three of his five targets for 27 yards. Bernard Scott had two carries for 11 yards and one catch for 2 yards. Tandon Doss was targeted once but held without a grab in a 41-7 defeat.

Ravens get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Several Ravens contributed to the Week 15 win at Detroit. Tight end Dennis Pitta caught two of four targets for 24 yards, tight end Ed Dickson caught all three of his targets for 10 yards, and running back Bernard Pierce carried seven times for 21 yards. 

They'll play the Patriots in Week 16.


Dennis Pitta steps right in as Fantasy starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Despite playing 42 percent of the snaps in his season debut Week 14, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta tied for the team lead with 11 targets, including two in the red zone. He turned those into six catches, 48 yards and a touchdown.

Pitta missed most of the year recovering from a hip injury. He said he felt fine after the win over Minnesota, so he should see a bigger workload Monday night in Detroit. 

Quarterback Joe Flacco loves throwing to Pitta when it matters most, according to the Baltimore Sun. Three of Pitta's six catches went for first downs. He caught the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and drew a pass interference flag on the game's last drive. Five of his six grabs came after halftime.

The Lions give up the 3rd-fewest Fantasy points (5.5 per game) to tight ends, but Pitta is too integral to Baltimore's offense to sit. Consider him a low-end TE1 for Week 15.


Dennis Pitta has productive season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had a fairly productive season debut Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Pitta, who was sidelined all season recovering from a hip injury, finished with six catches for 48 yards and one touchdown during a 29-26 win.

Amid heavy snowfall, Pitta got off to a slow start, totaling one catch for 9 yards on four targets in the first half. Pitta had two drops before finally recording his first catch with 26 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Pitta had a more productive second half, which included a 1-yard touchdown catch on a 4th-and-goal play with 2:05 remaining. Pitta's touchdown started a crazy turn of events, as the lead changed hands five times in the last 2:05.

Pitta surprisingly tied Marlon Brown for a team-high 11 targets in his season debut. His longest catch went 18 yards. The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.


Dennis Pitta making season debut Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) As expected, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is active for the first time this season Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Pitta was taken off short-term injured reserve Saturday after missing the first 12 games with a hip injury.

Report: Dennis Pitta activated in time for Week 14


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will be active in Week 14 against the Vikings, reports NFL.com Saturday. Pitta has been on injured reserve since suffering a hip injury in the preseason, but has been able to work in practice in recent weeks.

It is not clear if Pitta will be the starter, or even what type of workload he is likely to face at this time. The fact that he is able to play at all is impressive, as he was thought to have possibly been facing a season-ending injury when it aoccured. 


Dennis Pitta on verge of return to game action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) It now appears likely that Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will finally make his 2013 debut Sunday against Minnesota. John Harbaugh said he was "pretty hopeful" that will be the case, per the Carroll County Times.

Pitta is working in practice for the third staight week after losing most of the season to a dislocated and fractured hip sustained in training camp in July.

The Ravens can certainly use a healthy and productive Pitta. Fellow tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark have struggled all year.


If active, Dennis Pitta a risky Fantasy start Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Fantasy owners have waited a long time to start Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, who has been sidelined all season due to a hip injury. Well, Fantasy owners might finally get their chance to start Pitta, as the Ravens are expected to make a decision late in the week on whether or not to activate him off injured reserve for Week 14 vs. Minnesota.

If that happens, should Pitta be put in Fantasy lineups Week 14? If you are in a playoff matchup or fighting for a playoff berth, then it's a risky call. Pitta will probably be a snap count since he's been sidelined all season. The Ravens probably will have to watch his conditioning and limit his exposure to a setback.

What makes the scenario a bit more interesting is that tight ends have fared well against Minnesota, averaging 9.3 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Tight ends are also averaging 51.7 receiving yards per game and have totaled nine touchdowns in 12 games against Minnesota.

It's worth stashing Pitta on your bench in deep Fantasy formats, but activating him for Week 14 is definitely a risky call. If you are looking for a sleeper tight end, you might consider Heath Miller (vs. MIA), Jared Cook (@ARI) or Ladarius Green (vs. NYG).


Ravens won't make decision on Dennis Pitta until late in week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday tight end Dennis Pitta is "doing well," but the team probably won't decide whether to activate him for Week 14 vs. Minnesota until late in the week. Pitta remains on short-term injured reserve while recovering from a preseason hip injury.

Dennis Pitta not activated for Week 13 game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will have to wait at least one more week before he comes off short-term injured reserve. The Ravens chose not to activate Pitta (hip) prior to Thursday's game vs. Pittsburgh (Week 13).

The Ravens' plan for Pitta all along was to activate him prior to Week 14 against the Vikings and the plans haven't changed, sources told The Baltimore Sun.


No Dennis Pitta for Week 12


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is eligible to come off injured reserve, but the Ravens elected not to do so in advance of Week 12 against the Jets. Pitta, who has been out with a hip injury since the preseason, is designated for return, but had to be activated by 4 p.m. Saturday in order to be eligible to play Sunday.

The Baltimore Sun reports Saturday the Ravens may not activate Pitta prior to Thursday's game against the Steelers in Week 13, with the most-likely scenario coming in Week 14 against the Vikings. 


Dennis Pitta seeking go-ahead to play Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has yet to be activated from his season-long absence following hip surgery, but he could play Sunday against the Jets. He has looked strong in practice this week, according to the Baltimore Sun. He can be activated as late as 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The team can use a healthy Pitta. The tight end combination of Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark has been a huge disappointment.


Dennis Pitta to be activated or sent back to IR


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta remains on the injured reserve/designated to return list despite participating in his first practice this season on Wednesday. The team has three weeks to evaluate his progress, during which time he can be placed on the active roster or season-ending IR.

Pitta has been out all year following July hip surgery.