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TE Dennis Pitta - Baltimore Ravens

6-5, 245Born: 1-1-1985College: Brigham YoungDrafted: Round 4

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17 at CIN 54 11 91 0 0 9.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs CIN (16 / 11 / 91 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta was peppered with targets by Flacco because the Ravens could not get the down field passing game going. Pitta beat his man running a double move underneath for an 8 yard gain. Pitta gained 16 beating his man cleanly off the line of scrimmage and making a nice catch down the seam. Pitta picked up 10 yards running a quick out route and getting up field after making the catch. Pitta gained 9 running another shallow underneath route. Pitta made back to back catches for 13 yards to open the second half. Pitta did drop one underneath target.

2016 Week 16 vs PIT (11 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta converted some key third downs and just missed on two potential touchdowns. Flacco targeted Pitta down the seam and Pitta almost made a spectacular one handed catch for a 27 yard touchdown. Pitta found the soft spot in the zone defense for a 17 yard gain and a 3rd down conversion. Pitta was targeted downfield on consecutive plays in the red zone but the first pass was thrown behind him and Pitta could not get his feet in-bounds on the second. Pitta picked up 8 more yards running a curl route over the middle. Pitta gained running a quick out route. Pitta gained 5 on a check down from Flacco, Pitta gained 11 finding the hole in the zone coverage and converting another 3rd down. Pitta picked up 9 more yards running another curl route against the Steelers underneath coverage.

2016 Week 15 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made his first catch underneath for 6 yards. Pitta got away with a push off and picked up 10 yards over the middle.

2016 Week 14 vs NE (5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta was well covered and held in check by Patrick Chung for most of the game. Flacco connected with Pitta over the middle for 10 yards. Pitta otherwise found little room against the Patriots.

2016 Week 13 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 90 / 2 rec)

Dennis Pitta became the focal point of the Ravens offense and was able to exploit favorable match ups. Pitta made his first catch for 8 yards running an out route against Kiko Alonso. Pitta had a 27 yard reception negated by a holding penalty. Pitta made a catch underneath running a curl route and dove ahead for a 14 yard gain. Pitta absorbed a hit and made a tough catch over the middle between two Dolphins for a 13 yard touchdown. Pitta scored his second touchdown of the game beating the coverage on a crossing route for a 9 yard score. Pitta gained 9 more running a quick hitting out route. Pitta beat Kiko Alonso across his face and Flacco hit him in stride for a 25 yard gain. Pitta made a catch underneath but took a hit as a he finished the run and fumbled.

2016 Week 12 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made a play downfield for the first time in a while but remained minimally involved in the offense. Flacco connected with Pitta for 18 yards down the seam between Vontaze Burfict and the Bengals safeties. Pitta made another grab over the middle for 7 more yards. Pitta picked up 9 yards running a curl route over the middle.

2016 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta had just one catch for 4 yards before the Ravens final possession. Pitta made two catches underneath with the Cowboys playing prevent defense. Pitta was dragged down after an 8 yard gain on the first reception. Pitta was able to juke Orlando Scandrick on the second and got up field for 18 yards.

2016 Week 10 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)

Pitta made his first catch on a screen from Flacco but was dropped after a 3 yard gain. Pitta made a 13 yard grab over the middle against zone coverage. Pitta functioned as a safety valve for Flacco and made all but one of his catches within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.

2016 Week 9 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta was minimally involved in the offense. Pitta made both of his catches underneath running curl routes for gains of 6 and 8. Flacco did miss Pitta who was wide open for a 10 yard gain.

2016 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made a few nice catches but is not heavily involved in the Ravens offense. Pitta came wide open over the middle for a gain of 12 on his first reception. Pitta went low and made an impressive catch for an 11 yard gain against tight coverage. Pitta picked up 11 yards again coming uncovered against the underneath coverage.

2016 Week 6 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta dropped his first target running a 5 yard out route. Pitta made an 8 yard catch over the middle in tight coverage. Pitta made a catch on a curl route in the red zone but was stopped at the 1 yard line. Pitta made a nice grab between 2 linebackers for 11 yards. Pitta gained 11 working against the Giants underneath coverage. Pitta had a potential 10 yard gain glance off his finger tips over the middle.

2016 Week 5 vs WAS (8 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made his first catch in the flat and got up field for 8 yards. Pitta made his second catch running an out route and ducking out of bounds for a 14 yard gain. Pitta picked up 12 more finding a hole in zone coverage over the middle. Dennis Pitta gained 9 running a curl route over the middle. Pitta picked up 10 more yards working the middle of the field underneath.

2016 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta functioned solely as an underneath receiver for Flacco. Pitta was well covered and unable to make any plays downfield. Pitta was dropped for a 2 yard gain his first reception. Pitta made another catch underneath for 4 yards. Pitta came open underneath and ran down the sideline for a 10 yard gain on his biggest play of the game.

2016 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made his first catch finding the soft spot in zone coverage over the middle for a gain of 13. Pitta made his second catch on a dump off from Flacco for 5 yards. Pitta caught a screen pass and ducked out of bounds gaining 7. Pitta gained 12 releasing late after helping in pass protection. Pitta appears to be locked in as Flacco's security blanket. Flacco is comfortable throwing to Pitta in tight coverage as a check down. Pitta did not work downfield as much as he did last week but remained involved in the offense.

2016 Week 2 vs CLE (12 / 9 / 102 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta had one drop as the only blemish to a very strong game. Pitta functioned as the Ravens possession receiver. Flacco looked to Pitta when he needed a 3rd down conversion and Pitta rewarded him by making big plays. A number of Pitta's receptions were checkdowns to the flat but he flashed his big play ability as well. Pitta first gained 30 yards on an out route his defender tried to jump, leaving Pitta free to race down the sideline. For his second big play, Pitta got behind the linebackers off of play action and raced down the seam for a 28 yard gain. Pitta was the Ravens most targeted player and should continue to produce.

2016 Week 1 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta is the Ravens starting tight end and had nearly twice as many snaps as Crocket Gillmore. Pitta made his first catch running a crossing route off of play action for a gain of 7. Flacco went back to him the following play but Pitta was unable to corral the low pass. Pitta made a nice catch along the sideline with a defender cutting underneath in tight coverage. Pitta delivered a big play down the seam making a back shoulder catch for a gain of 27. Pitta will be Flacco's go to receiver over the middle and in short to intermediate down and distances. Expect Pitta to be the Flacco's second most popular target behind Mike Wallace.

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Ravens | Dennis Pitta takes pay cut (Wed Mar 22, 09:50 AM) - Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta took a $2.5 million pay cut over the next two seasons. He will make $2.5 million in base salary in 2017 along with a $500,000 roster bonus. He was previously scheduled to earn $5.5 million. This gives Baltimore an additional $2.5 million in cap space in 2017 and 2018.

Our View: Pitta takes the pay cut to add some space to the Ravens cap. He came back healthy last year for the first time in what seemed like forever. Pitta is a favorite target of QB Joe Flacco, and he should continue to be a featured part of the passing game even though the Ravens are stacked at the position.
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta reworks deal (Fri Mar 10, 05:46 PM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will remain with the team after he agreed to restructure his contract, according to a source.

Our View: The Ravens have tight end talent falling out of their pockets, but Pitta is their top man at the position.
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