Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said he spoke with trainers about Dennis Pitta’s status this week, and their main message was that an answer on his availability won’t come until this summer. The Ravens likely won’t wait until they get that definitive answer to spur into action.
“Are we going to try to add some tight ends to this offense? Yes,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said during Tuesday’s press conference.
Newsome’s comment made it clear that the Ravens will look outside the building to bring in new pieces over the next few months. This year’s draft is considered thin at the position, but the Ravens will keep a close eye on prospects who could help the offense this fall.
Dennis Pitta’s status came up again with Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday, but there’s no more clarity about the situation. Harbaugh said there’s “really nothing definitive” from doctors at this point regarding Pitta’s ability to return to the field and that he only wants Pitta to be able to do what’s best for Pitta.
“His hip is fully recovered in the sense that the blood flow is there and there’s no lingering problem from either one of the injuries,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “So, he’s in great position to live a great life, which is the main thing. Whether it goes to the next step and he wants or is able to play football, that will be up to them. I’m like you. I’m waiting to hear.”
The Ravens need to deal with free agent Owen Daniels and make plans for the position that don’t include Pitta, but Pitta’s guaranteed $4 million contract means there’s no specific time pressure looming over the ultimate decision about his future.
It sounds as if the team are in 'wait-and-see' mode. For now, add the Ravens to the list of teams looking to shore up the tight end position.
Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm
Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 19. Daniels should be fine to face New England. He has scored one touchdown in his last nine games.
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Daniels told reporters that he was motivated to stick it to his old team after seeing that Houston considered him “not good enough” to retain. Owners in need of a TE dart throw could do a lot worse.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels remembers receiving the sheet of paper from the Houston Texans informing him of his release. Recounting the situation Wednesday, Daniels said there was a check mark by "wasn't good enough" on why the Texans were releasing him.
"I have [the sheet] with me in the house," Daniels said. "I don't have it up in my locker. I can see it. I have a decent memory."
"Obviously, when you work somewhere for so long and they say you're not good enough to play there anymore and you get a chance to play them that following season, you definitely want to prove to them that they made a mistake," Daniels said. "But I've been trying to do that all season with my play, and not just in this one game."
This is the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen always discusses on Twitter. It doesn't always pan out, but when looking for streaming/desperation options, it never hurts to start a player who is motivated to stick it to his old team.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 15. He has been quiet lately, so he isn’t an appealing option against Jacksonville this week.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)
WR Robert Meachem (ankle)
Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
On Wednesday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked why TE Zach Ertz isn't seeing the same time he was when the season started.
"Brent Celek is doing a hell of a job," Kelly said. "It would be an injustice to tell Brent he has to sit because we want to put someone else in the game."
"He is an outstanding blocker," Kelly said of Celek. "He might be the best blocking tight end in the league. He is a sure handed receiver. You saw against Carolina he had over 100 yards receiving...It doesn't have to do with Zach, it has to do with how well Brent is playing."
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