Dennis Pitta Fantasy News
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.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:41am
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."
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
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.
Saints, Graham still 'several million dollars per season' apart
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:22am
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
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
“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.”
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
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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 2:49pm
Stokley has a lengthy history of concussions.
Dennis Pitta added to active roster
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:12pm
It's a remarkable comeback for Pitta, whose dislocated hip was originally considered a season-ending injury in late July. He returned to practice on Nov. 20 and increased his workload in practice this week. On Friday, coach John Harbaugh said Pitta had a "reasonable chance" of playing.
Pitta, the second-leading receiver on last season's Super Bowl team, will provide a boost for quarterback Joe Flacco and the NFL's 29th-ranked offense, the story pointed out. Pitta has been on the injured reserve-designated to return list since dislocating his hip on July 27, the Ravens' first contact practice of training camp. It would make sense for him to be on some sort of snap count his first game back, but even so, those snaps could include the red zone. Even so, we have Pitta well down our list of TEs this week making him a risky play in what is likely a playoff game.
Dennis Pitta decision likely end of week
Monday, December 2, 2013, 8:41pm
"We'll go through this week and see how he does," Harbaugh said Monday. "If he can play, he will. We want to get him up. That's our goal. It's not 100 percent certain at this point."
HC John Harbaugh said he believes Pitta is doing well but the question will be how well, and if the doctors give the OK. That decision will likely come later this week. Pitta could be eased back in or be on a snap count if he plays this week. His Week 14 matchup against the Vikings (28th) would be a good one while the rest of the season offers just OK matchups (Detroit 18th, New England 14th). Given it's the TE position, it's not out of the question he could step in and have TE1 potential if all goes well.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 6:14pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7:47pm
Pitta won't play in Week 12 and last reports we heard was he was likely still a few weeks away. He may be worth stashing in deeper leagues but that means he could be a risky play come playoff time.