30-Year-Old Tight End – Baltimore Ravens
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Pitta has played just seven games over the last two seasons, due to a pair of dislocations in his right hip. The injuries are considered career-threatening, and Baltimore's decision to select Maxx Wil...
Dennis Pitta Contract Information:
Pitta and the Ravens agreed to a five-year deal in February of 2014.
Pitta (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
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Dennis Pitta: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pitta did some individual drills throughout offseason workouts, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact. There's little question that he'll open training camp on the PUP list, and the Ravens apparently expect him to remain there for the start of the season, which would rule him out for the first six games. Even if he does eventually make it back onto the field, Pitta may be limited to a part-time role. Crockett Gillmore is the favorite to start for the Ravens at in-line tight end, but second-round draft pick Maxx Williams might still see more targets in a slot role.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)That explains why Pitta isn't taking part in the initial minicamp practice Tuesday. He's already participated in individual drills throughout OTAs, though, so he is making a semblance of progress in his recovery from his second dislocated right hip. On the other hand, there's no telling if he'll be able to handle contact when training camp starts in late July.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Harbaugh acknowledged that Pitta is currently practicing, and the team is now just seeing how he holds up during those sessions before assessing his ability for the upcoming season. The Ravens just used a second-round draft pick on Maxx Williams, but adding Pitta back into the tight-end ranks would give them a needed extra weapon in the passing game after the team lost Torrey Smith in free agency.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pitta is hoping to return from his second hip dislocation in two years, and while both he and the team have thus far expressed optimism, it's no secret that Pitta may not play again. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti recently suggested that Crockett Gillmore could be the team's primary in-line tight end, adding that he hopes the Ravens can find another move/flex tight end in the middle rounds of the draft. That actually makes a lot of sense, as the Ravens just gave Pitta a five-year contract last offseason, but it's now clear the team needs some form of insurance.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pitta missed the first 12 games last season recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip. It took him no time to get re-acclimated when he returned, as he saw 33 targets in his four games. Pitta was used more as a wide receiver than a tight end, lining up in the slot a league-leading 74 percent of his snaps. He'll likely see a lot of time in the slot again this season under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who loves to use tight ends in the passing game. Owen Daniels followed Kubiak from Houston to Baltimore, which makes it unlikely that Pitta will match his career-high 94 targets from 2012, but both tight ends are expected to play a lot together in two-TE sets. Pitta is a skilled route runner who has the speed to get by linebackers. And at 6-4, he can do some damage at the goal line. The Ravens also drafted Crockett Gillmore in the third round this year, but he is expected to be used as a blocking tight end.
After sharing tight-end targets with Ed Dickson in 2011, Pitta exerted his superiority over his position-mate last season with 94 targets to Dickson's 33 and posted career highs across the board. And those numbers came in essentially 14 games – Pitta suffered a concusion after one snap in Week 11 and played only 11 snaps in a meaningless Week 17. Pitta's developed a nice on-field rapport with Joe Flacco, his off-field friend and road-trip roommate. Pitta was especially effective running the post in the red zone and finished with seven regular-season touchdowns, before adding three more in the playoffs. Pitta's biggest strength might be his route-running, which makes it difficult for bigger defenders to stay with him in coverage. This season, Baltimore will be without the services of Anquan Boldin and his 112 targets, meaning Pitta could play an even larger role in the passing attack, particularly in the red zone. Pitta had only 13 red-zone targets a year ago, but could see some of Bolden’s nine directed his way in 2013.
Pitta worked his way into a bigger role in the offense as last season progressed, getting five of his six red-zone targets and all three of his touchdowns in the final nine games. He also added a touchdown in the playoffs. Other than Ed Dickson’s 14-target performance Week 10 in Seattle, Pitta received a similar number of targets and receiving yards in the second half of the season. An injury to one would greatly increase the value of the other, but for now it appears they’ll share targets, making neither a particularly attractive fantasy play.
With Todd Heap gone, Pitta should see the field more often. Still, coaches regard Ed Dickson as a much higher upside tight end prospect. If Pitta sees regular playing time, it will likely be in a platoon.
Pitta and Ed Dickson were both drafted as great pass-catching tight ends to compete with Todd Heap. Neither is expected to take over a starting spot just yet, though coaches are very high on their abilities. Pitta doesn't have the athleticism of Dickson, but is currently the better blocker which could allow him to see the field quicker.