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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
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:08pm
Week 3 at Jacksonville
Steve Smith Sr. had only three catches last week against Cleveland, but he gained 64 yards and was targeted six times throughout the game. He should remain a starter on the outside for the Ravens for as long as he stays healthy and he has some upside in deeper leagues as a guy sure to get at least a few looks each game.
He has a nice matchup against the Jaguars this week, who have given up six touchdown passes through the first two games. However, the Baltimore offense hasn’t been great to WRs this year so far, and it’s hard to bank on Smith for legit numbers. He should be considered a low-end option in most leagues, with a slight uptick in PPR formats, and we have him ranked as a bench player.
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||5.33||56.67||0||8.67||10.63||0||0||0||0||0.00||46.00/70.00||65.52% |
Previous Games vs. OAK