Dennis Pitta Fantasy News

Ravens Beat: TE Dennis Pitta (hip) likely to start season on PUP

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley: "I'm ... under the assumption that tight end Dennis Pitta and safety Terrence Brooks will begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list."

Fantasy Impact:

If Pitta starts the season on PUP, he won't be eligible to play in the first six games. It's not often that rookie tight ends are fantasy relevant. It's a tough position to learn and since it's a "onesie" position in most fantasy leagues, there isn't a ton of demand. Maxx Williams has a chance to be a factor at the position given the opportunity he has for playing time in Marc Trestman's pass-happy offense. Under Trestman, Martellus Bennett finished as the #10 and #5 TE in both PPR and standard formats in the last two seasons. If Williams has a great summer, he may be TE2-worthy in fantasy drafts.

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Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) 'optimistic' and 'encouraged' by his progress

Friday, May 15, 2015, 11:46am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

It’s still too early to know exactly when TE Dennis Pitta will be back on Sundays, but he’s back alongside his teammates at practice and feeling pretty good. Those ruling him out for 2015 should take pause.

Asked point blank whether he’ll play this season, Pitta rolled his eyes and chuckled.

“I’m optimistic,” he said. “I feel good. But obviously it’s a process. I have an idea in mind of where I’d like to be in a couple months, but at the same time you don’t know. I know what it felt like to do this one time. I’ve never known what it felt like to do it twice.”

In terms of the injury being healed, Pitta is 100 percent. In terms of him being back in football shape, he’s not there yet. He can run and cut, he said. He’s running routes and catching passes.

“I’m certainly encouraged by what I’m able to do on the field,” he said. “Being out there, running routes, catching the football, that’s what I love to do. So it’s fun to be able to do that a little bit.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're going to wait and see how Pitta's offseason progresses before counting him in for 2015. His potential recovery will have a big impact on Maxx Williams' playing time and upside in Marc Trestman's pass-happy offense.

Newsome: Ravens' offense will be 'very tight end friendly'

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 3:01pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens TE Maxx Williams is expected to work in tandem with returning tight end Crockett Gillmore, who’s primarily known for his blocking. Meanwhile, Dennis Pitta’s future remains in serious doubt.

“We felt like the tight end was someone we really wanted,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “This offense we’ll be running is very tight end friendly.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens lost Owen Daniels to free agency and Dennis Pitta is very iffy for the season as he recovers from a bad hip injury, so Williams is a need pick. If his offseason goes well, he could start immediately in new OC Marc Trestman’s pass-happy offense. This means he could be fantasy relevant as a rookie, a rarity for a rookie tight end.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:33am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It certainly looks like TE Dennis Pitta wants to at least keep the door open for a possible return. In a video posted to the Ravens' website from Monday’s kickoff to the offseason workout program, Pitta is seen working out alongside his teammates in the weight room.

Pitta’s presence may keep the door ajar, but it probably doesn’t change the Ravens’ feelings about needing to add a tight end in the draft. With Owen Daniels gone, the team’s thin on players they know will be there in September.

Outlining the Ravens' plan at tight end

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:14pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

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.

The Ravens want to re-sign Owen Daniels and they hope Pitta can play again, but they will certainly have contingency plans in place.

“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.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniels finished as the #18 tight end on 78 targets (which were 17th-most at his position). Pitta's availability is very much up in the air, and the Broncos are rumored to have interest in Daniels now that Gary Kubiak is the Broncos' head coach.

Ravens 'waiting to hear' about TE Dennis Pitta's future

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:23am

PFT - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh says 'we'll see' when asked about TE Dennis Pitta

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh's tone regarding tight end Dennis Pitta seemingly went from cautiously optimistic to just being cautious.

Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.

"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Pitta is certain to return in 2015. OC Marc Trestman had success with Martellus Bennett while in Chicago, so if the Ravens have a talented tight end, he'll be on the fantasy radar next season.

Ravens WR Torrey Smith to naysayers: "It'll happen."

Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:53pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In a run-heavy offense that stresses safer passes for quarterback Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith was never a strong bet to repeat last year's production. After leading the team in 2013 with 65 catches and 1,128 receiving yards, though, he's on pace for just 453 yards and 32 grabs in 2014.

"You can't get any closer than we've already been," Torrey said of his chemistry with Flacco, per The Baltimore Sun. "I have folks tweeting me how terrible I am, and I could very easily have had three touchdowns and 300 yards the past couple weeks. That's how the ball rolls. I'm not used to it, but we'll get over it soon. We were as close as you can get to touchdowns. We just have to be on the same page and get it done."

Said Torrey: "It'll happen. It has no choice but to happen. The way we've been practicing, it has no choice but to happen. I can't say when. I hope it's Sunday, but it'll happen soon."

Fantasy Impact:

With the focus on Steve L Smith's revenge game against the Panthers, it would be a good time for Flacco to connect on one or two deep balls to Torrey Smith. We're not counting on it, but he's a better player than he's showed in the first three weeks and Dennis Pitta's absence may send a few extra targets his way.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 4. He’s expected to play heavy snaps with Dennis Pitta sidelined.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Daniels may just be getting a day off. He’s expected to play heavy snaps with Dennis Pitta sidelined.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:01pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

Ravens TE Owen Daniels will become the starter with Dennis Pitta out, and he has shown in the past that he can handle the job. He started all but four games he played in during his eight years with Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, and had two Pro Bowl seasons (2008, 2012).

Daniels has proven he can be relied on this season as well. He’s been targeted 12 times and caught 10 of those passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Only running back Justin Forsett (15 targets, 13 receptions) has a better reception percentage on the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:

The question with Daniels is how well his body will hold up over the course of a long season. He sat out two weeks of practice and missed three preseason games due to fatigued legs. Now those legs will have to carry a heavier load, the story points out. Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk could also see time but Daniels is the most experienced and as long as he can stay healthy should be the fantasy option to target if you're looking for a TE. The hope for owners would be Daniel at least used as the main red zone target among the options available.

Dennis Pitta to have surgery, season likely over

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:36pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens standout tight end Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which likely is also fractured, according to team sources.

Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook.

Pitta will remain in a Cleveland hospital this week, according to sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. The story points out that when Pitta underwent surgery on his hip last year, doctors told the 2010 fourth-round draft pick that the chance of recurrence was extremely low because of the rarity of the injury and how well the procedure and rehabilitation went. As we said Sunday night, the Ravens will turn toward two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels as well as rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a former H-back and tight end at Harvard.

Dennis Pitta dislocates same hip

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:05pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens starting tight end Dennis Pitta was carted off the field Sunday after suffering a potential season-ending hip injury without even being touched.

Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in just more than a year, and it’s feared that he may have also sustained a fracture. But an initial diagnosis revealed no fracture, according to sources. If Pitta’s hip is fractured, he would need surgery and likely would be out for the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Owen Daniels would take over as the team's top TE targets, but remember he missed time in camp with what the team labeled as fatigued legs. While the team's third TE is Crockett Gillmore, Kyle Juszczyk has also seen time at the position and could be a factor.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Owen Daniels said he's healthy enough to play. How much he'll end up playing for the Baltimore Ravens remains a question mark.

Daniels caught only one pass for 6 yards in the preseason because he missed the final three games with what he called a hamstring injury. The two-time Pro Bowl player didn't show much explosion off the line or separation from defenders in training camp, which raised doubts about how he would fit in the team's game plan heading into Sunday's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I’m just going to do what I can, whatever I’m asked to do," Daniels said after Tuesday's practice. "Hopefully, I’ll be out there a bunch. Hopefully, we’ll run a lot of two-tight end sets and keep defenses off balance. I think Dennis [Pitta] and I complement each other very well, especially when we’re out on the field together. But whether it’s blocking in the running game or pass protection or moving the chains, I’m here to do a job and do it well."

Fantasy Impact:

Harbaugh insisted Daniels wasn't injured, saying the 31-year-old tight end was dealing with swelling and leg fatigue. So far he hasn't been impressive in what was supposed to be an impressive 2 TE formation with Dennis Pitta. We're going to need to see a lot more from Daniels before he becomes fantasy lineup worthy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:29am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The Ravens first-team line hasn’t allowed a sack in six possessions over two games. The zone stretch running game is booming, leading the NFL in yards per game. Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak has QB Joe Flacco throwing to his fullback, tight ends, receivers.

A year ago, Flacco was sacked almost 50 times, constantly under duress. His favorite wideout was gone from the huddle, traded during the offseason. His favorite tight end was injured. His passing game was predictable. His running game was missing in action.

Not only is the offense rebuilt around him with a better line, more playmakers and a topnotch coordinator, but Flacco is 29 years old, in the prime of his career, his seventh season as a starter.

Fantasy Impact:

The writer predicted Flacco would have his best season ever this year. Keep in mind, this is from the Ravens web site, but there are some good points, especially about the offensive line. Perhaps even more important, Flacco has some targets to work with and gets TE Dennis Pitta back. Flacco is rarely mentioned as a fantasy QB1, and is currently ranked 24th on our list. He could end up with QB2 value or give you some committee starts this season, though.

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