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Monday, September 19, 2016, 11:38am
Consistently getting open in the middle of the field, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta caught nine passes for 102 yards. In just his second game back after a nearly two-year absence, he produced his second-most receiving yards of his career.
"I see what Dennis is doing and, man, I'm inspired," Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith Sr. said. "It's great to play with a guy like that. To see how he's playing after what he went through, and seeing him shifty and being the old Dennis, it's fantastic."
The chemistry between Pitta and quarterback Joe Flacco is remarkable considering they haven't been on the field together much. Pitta didn't play all of last year, and he missed a month of training camp with a fractured finger. When Pitta practiced during the spring, Flacco was sidelined while recovering from knee surgery.
Flacco threw to Pitta five times on third downs, completing four passes (all led to first downs). No one else on the Ravens caught more than two throws on third down. Pitta certainly seems worth a pickup if you're struggling at the position as the chemistry aspect should only get better the longer they can remain on the field together. The Ravens' other tight ends -- Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams -- have combined for two catches for 27 yards. Comparatively, Pitta has a team-leading 12 receptions for 141 yards through the first two weeks of the season.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 5:32pm
Week 7 vs. New York Jets
Dennis Pitta had only 36 yards against the Giants last week, but he was targeted a team-high ten times and caught six passes. He’s second on the team in targets this year, but his problem has been a lack of production in the red zone. Pitta has failed to score a touchdown this season.
This week, Pitta has some upside against a struggling Jets defense. They’re allowing an average of 5.5 catches and 65 yards to the tight end position so far this season, and they gave up either 100 yards or a touchdown to the starting TE on opposing teams for three separate weeks before Monday night’s matchup with the Cardinals, who don’t use the TE. Pitta isn’t an elite option, but we have him as a borderline TE1 option just outside our top ten considering the matchup.
2016 Strength of Schedule - BAL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
|Per game||5.67||49.17||0||7.83||8.68||0||0||0||0||0.00||54.50/75.50||72.49% |
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