Now that Gary Kubiak is the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, newly re-signed Dennis Pitta expects to be the beneficiary of the tight end-friendly offense.
"It's a fun system to play in and I'm excited to learn and grow," Pitta said, per the team's official website. "The system is set up for receivers to have big years and for tight ends to catch a lot of footballs. Owen (Daniels) has proven that over the years. Hopefully I can find a similar role."
No offense targeted tight ends as much as Kubiak's Texans did the past three seasons. Daniels joined Kubiak in Baltimore and has helped Pitta learn the new terminology and patterns.
Pitta missed most of 2013 due to a hip injury and he was sorely missed in the Ravens’ passing game. Upon his return, he saw 33 targets in four games, putting him on pace to finish with the 3rd-most targets in the league. It’s not a solid sample size, but it’s still an indicator of what may come. (He finished with the 12th-most targets in 2012.) The big plus for Pitta heading into 2014 is the arrival of new OC Gary Kubiak who has been very TE-friendly throughout his career, specifically with the development of both Shannon Sharpe in Denver and Owen Daniels in Houston.