Owen Daniels Fantasy News
Harbaugh: Owen Daniels' role 'will be plenty big'
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:57pm
“Just couldn’t be more happy, more excited. … I guarantee his role will be plenty big,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we’ve got a lot of big plans for him.”
“We’ve got the guys here to do it, and that makes things tough for defenses,” Daniels said.
Look for the Ravens to run a lot of two-TE sets taking advantage of both Pitta and Daniels. We still like Pitta's upside in Kubiak's offense, but the arrival of Daniels does take some of the wind out of Pitta's sails.
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Owen Daniels signs with the Ravens
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:23pm
It's a one-year contract. On the surface, this looks like bad news for Dennis Pitta, whose stock was up after the Ravens hired TE-friendly Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator. But Daniels is 31 and past his prime. He'll likely provide depth at the position and offer some receiving punch in two-TE sets. We still like Pitta as a value pick in the middle rounds.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:33am
Garrett Graham re-signs with the Texans
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:31pm
Once the team parted ways with Owen Daniels, re-signing Graham became much more feasible. After Daniels went down, Graham was the #11 TE from Week 6 to Week 14 before getting injured himself. He could be a baseline fantasy option at TE, but Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense is gone and it's not clear how much new HC Bill O'Brien will feature the tight end. While at Penn State, TE Jesse James was second on the team in receiving yards (333) in 2013, while TE Kyle Carter was second in 2012 (453 yards), so Graham could have a sizable role in the offense. Time will tell.
Texans release TE Owen Daniels
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:06pm
The 31 year-old Daniels was a cap casualty. With Garrett Graham also hitting free agency, the Texans are left with 6th-round pick Ryan Griffin atop the depth chart at tight end. He caught 19 passes for 244 yards and one TD in 2013, posting a solid but unspectacular 1.09 FP/target on 28 targets.
Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:59pm
"It's like it never happened," Daniels said. "I feel good in that respect. I'm looking forward to coming in fresh and healthy."
Daniels said he completed his rehab by mid-January, and is looking forward to getting back on the field.
Daniels should be a decent baseline candidate but not playing in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense may have a negative impact on his production.
Dennis Pitta getting his explosiveness back
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:08pm
During four games in December after being activated, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta proved that his surgically repaired hip was structurally sound. He knocked off the rust quickly, catching 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
However, what Pitta didn't have was his trademark elusiveness after the catch, and he wasn't quite as quick or fast as in the past, which was understandable given the severity of the injury and his accelerated rehabilitation timetable.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I was 100 percent with my explosion and strength,” Pitta acknowledged during a news conference earlier this week to announce his five-year, $32 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed and an $11 million signing bonus. “I didn’t have any pain and I felt good playing, but kind of that quickness and that explosion wasn’t all the way back, which was expected.”
Now, Pitta says he's getting closer to regaining his old form.
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.
Ravens sign Dennis Pitta to five-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:24pm
Pitta and the Ravens got the deal done before Monday's deadline to use the franchise tag. That would have potentially been a complicated situation for the Ravens if they had to designate Pitta as a franchise player, because of the financial difference between the $6.709 million tight end tag and an $11.5 million wide receiver tag.
A grievance was expected to be filed through the NFL Players Association if the Ravens had designated Pitta as a tight end, on the basis that he often lines up wide of the formation like a receiver.
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. (For what it’s worth, 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.
Ravens hire Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator
Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:30pm
The Baltimore Ravens officially announced Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator on Monday, pulling a reverse late in their search.
After reportedly being down to two finalists this weekend, the Ravens changed direction and went with Kubiak, who began talking with the team only a few days ago. Kubiak becomes the Ravens' third offensive coordinator in the last 13 months and the third in coach John Harbaugh's tenure.
It's a strong hire by the Ravens. Kubiak was the offensive coordinator for 11 seasons in Denver before taking over as the head coach in Houston. In Denver, his offenses had an average ranking of 7.2 in points scored and 6.0 in yards gained. After taking over a Texans team that was 30th in yards gained in 2005, Kubiak's offenses were 3rd, 4th and 3rd in yards gained from 2008 to 2010. Even in the Texans' nightmare season in 2013 (31st in points scored), they were still a respectable 11th in yards gained. The Ravens offense slumped in 2013, but Kubiak's arrival should help considerably. Kubiak has already spoken highly of free agent TE Dennis Pitta, so we should expect him to be back in Baltimore next season. Kubiak has a long track record of featuring the tight end position, specifically Shannon Sharpe in Denver and Owen Daniels in Houston. This bodes well for Pitta.
Monday, December 16, 2013, 11:50am
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9:02pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8:55am
Daniels said last week it was unlikely he’d play against the Jaguars.
Kubiak hinted Monday that Daniels could continue to be unavailable.
“Owen is not yet on the field is the best way I can describe it to you,” Kubiak said at Reliant Stadium. “He’s doing good. He’s just not yet on the field. We probably have a decision to make. I know he’s worked pretty hard (Monday) with the trainers, so we’ll see.”
Daniels is still recovering from a leg injury and has yet to participate in team activities. He didn't practice Tuesday but is doing some on-field work. Garrett Graham will continue to get the work with Daniels out.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 6:08pm
Owen Daniels targeting Week 14 return
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 10:11am
Tight end Owen Daniels said Wednesday he still hopes to return for a Dec. 5 game at Jacksonville.
Daniels last played Oct. 6 in a loss at San Francisco. After fracturing his right fibula, he was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.
Through five weeks, Daniels was the #10 TE, so needy teams could find him useful if he can knock off the rust quickly in his return. Keep in mind that his QB has changed, so it may take some time to get on the same page. Case Keenum also likes to throw to his receivers more than did Matt Schaub. Garrett Graham's production has been a disappointment in Daniels's absence.