Dennis Pitta Fantasy News

Harbaugh: Owen Daniels' role 'will be plenty big'
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:57pm

Carroll County Times - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels passed a physical Friday and signed his one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

“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.”

Gary Kubiak’s offense with the Texans featured a lot of two-tight end sets. With Daniels now in the mix to go along with Dennis Pitta, Daniels said to “look for more of that in the future.”

“We’ve got the guys here to do it, and that makes things tough for defenses,” Daniels said.

Fantasy Impact:

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

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Owen Daniels agrees with Ravens and will be reunited with his Texans coaches.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said team is still considered signing a free agent tight end, possibly Owen Daniels.

Fantasy Impact:

Bringing back Ed Dickson is also under consideration, according to the tweet. Daniels would be a TE2 behind Dennis Pitta, but would bring a little more offensively to the table than Dickson should something happen to Pitta.

Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

Dennis Pitta getting his explosiveness back
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:08pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancée, who were involved in a domestic violence incident last month, plan to attend a couples seminar, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday.

Rice and Janay Palmer were both arrested for simple assault at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15. The two remain engaged to be married, according to Harbaugh.

"I've talked to Ray a lot, and really nothing to add other than what's been said already: The facts will determine the consequences, and we'll see where it goes," Harbaugh said at a news conference to announce the five-year, $32 million deal signed by tight end Dennis Pitta. "I haven't seen anything different, just like you haven't seen anything different. Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we've seen so far is very consistent with what he said."

Fantasy Impact:

A suspension could be forthcoming, but that will depend on the facts of the case, and those aren't entirely clear at this point. The Ravens seem satisfied with Rice's truthfulness.

Ravens sign Dennis Pitta to five-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:24pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens have locked up tight end Dennis Pitta, with the team confirming an agreement on a five-year contract.
The contract is worth $32 million, according to league sources.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Saints, Graham still 'several million dollars per season' apart
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:22am

Fox Football Daily - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham and the Saints remain several million dollars per season apart according to Mike Garafalo.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham will get the franchise tag if they can't come to an agreement, and if that's the case, Graham is expected to challenge his position as a tight end (and not a wide receiver). Dennis Pitta is in a similar position, so there is a reasonable chance that this argument finally gets resolved this offseason.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:26am

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

No progress yet for Jimmy Graham and Saints. If, as expected, he’s tagged as a TE, expect an immediate grievance to be tagged as a WR.

Fantasy Impact:

All "move" TEs line up in the slot or outside quite a bit, that's just part of the job these days in the NFL. Meanwhile, very few WRs spend time lined up inside, so it's not clear why a TE like Graham (or Dennis Pitta, who may also file a grievance) feel they have solid ground on which to stand.

Gary Kubiak 'very impressed' with Dennis Pitta
Monday, February 3, 2014, 11:13am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The arrival of new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak could provide a boost to the production of tight end Dennis Pitta.

Kubiak's offensive game plans over the years with the Houston Texans -- and previously with the Denver Broncos -- have been friendly toward athletic tight ends like Pitta.

“I remember studying Dennis, and I’m very impressed with him as a player," Kubiak said. "I know he went through a tough year this year with getting injured, but that position has always been a big part of our offense. I’m sure it won’t be any different.”

Fantasy Impact:

We had Pitta as a mid-TE1 prior to the injury, so that's roughly where he'll be ranked heading into 2014 with a TE-friendly coach like Kubiak.

Ravens hire Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator
Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 2:49pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens placed veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he suffered a concussion against the Minnesota Vikings.

Stokley was replaced on the roster by running back Bernard Scott, who was re-signed after being cut Saturday when tight end Dennis Pitta was activated.

Stokley got hurt in the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Vikings when he was tackled on the sideline by Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway after a two-yard reception.

Stokley has a lengthy history of concussions.