Dennis Pitta
Dennis Pitta
34-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Hip
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Released by the Ravens in June of 2017.
Time up in Baltimore
TEFree Agent
Hip
June 7, 2017
Pitta (hip) was released with an injury waiver by the Ravens on Wednesday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Pitta's tenure with the Ravens ends after the tight end dislocated his hip last week at OTAs. It's the third hip injury in the past four years for Pitta, putting the future of his career into question at this point. The 31-year-old was coming off his best season with the Ravens, as he recorded a franchise-best and NFL-leading 86 receptions for tight ends. Pitta was a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in 2010 and totaled 224 receptions for 2,098 yards and 13 touchdowns over his six-year stint with the team. Not to mention, he was an integral part of the Ravens' Super Bowl Championship run back in 2013, catching a touchdown in the contest. The Ravens are now left with veteran Ben Watson at tight end, who himself is recovering from an Achilles injury, which could bring Crockett Gilmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) more into the fold this season.
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Measurables Review
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Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
238 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.17 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.72 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
27 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dennis Pitta
Team Previews: 2018 Baltimore Ravens
July 20, 2018
John McKechnie explores what may be Joe Flacco's last ride with the Ravens.
Exploiting the Matchups: Cam and Co. Get Sainted
September 21, 2017
Luke Hoover has this week's starts and sits as the Carolina offense finds itself in a favorable spot, welcoming the hopeless New Orleans defense to Charlotte.
Football Draft Kit: Team-by-Team Risers, Fallers
August 4, 2017
Compiled from this year's crop of Training Camp Previews, members of the RotoWire staff identify three players from each team that prospective fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into draft season.
Team Previews: Baltimore Ravens
July 24, 2017
John McKechnie peruses whether the Ravens can escape the injury bug that has befallen them in recent seasons
Football Draft Kit: 2017 Breakout Players
June 19, 2017
Jerry Donabedian highlights players like Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston who could be in store for a breakout season this year.
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Given that Pitta led all tight ends in receptions last year, what’s he doing buried in our rankings? There are two primary reasons. We have to dock Pitta for a lack of touchdowns — he only spiked twice on his 86 grabs — and we have to note that he managed just seven games in the three previous seasons. All the missed time was caused by a pair of major injuries to his right hip, with the second nearly forcing him into retirement. Pitta once again injured his right hip during a practice in early June, and while the Ravens avoided jumping to any conclusions, it's possible the latest incident could bring an early end to his career. And even if the injury is less serious than it initially seemed, Pitta's touchdown-allergic resume limits his upside in the fantasy realm.
After dislocating his right hip in both 2013 and 2014, Pitta sat out all of 2015 while admitting he might have to retire. He’s now attempting a comeback and even participated in OTAs, but the Ravens have loaded up at tight end over the last few years, knowing they couldn't count on Pitta to be available or productive. Even if he successfully returns, Pitta will likely just have a part-time role on passing downs, as Ben Watson is expected to earn the starting job.
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 Williams in the second round doesn't bode well for Pitta's future. Even if he does return, Pitta will be at increased risk for suffering a third hip injury, and he now faces serious competition at his position. On the other hand, he was arguably Joe Flacco's favorite target before the injuries derailed his career.
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.
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Dislocates hip
TEBaltimore Ravens
Hip
June 2, 2017
Pitta received confirmation Friday that he dislocated his hip, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Suffers setback with hip
TEBaltimore Ravens
Hip
June 2, 2017
Pitta suffered a hip injury at Friday's OTA and is being sent for further testing, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
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Restructures contract to stay in Baltimore
TEBaltimore Ravens
March 10, 2017
Pitta has agreed to a restructured deal to remain with the Ravens, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.
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Could be cap casualty
TEBaltimore Ravens
March 8, 2017
Pitta may be asked to accept a pay cut for a second straight offseason, BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
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Finishes strong with 11 catches
TEBaltimore Ravens
January 1, 2017
Pitta led his team with 11 catches for 91 yards on 16 targets in Sunday's season finale against the Bengals.
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