TE Dennis Pitta, Free agent

HT: 6-5, WT: 245, Born: 1-1-1985, College: Brigham Young, Drafted: Round 4

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2014 Projections

GRECYDY/RTDFPT
David Dodds16.065.070210.86.0106
Bob Henry15.070.072010.35.0102
Jason Wood16.064.069010.85.099
Maurile Tremblay16.063.06069.66.097

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: K Rudolph (88), J Reed (89), Dennis Pitta (90), T Williams (91), J Cutler (92)
Position: K Rudolph (88-TE8), J Reed (89-TE9), Dennis Pitta (90 - TE10), Z Ertz (101-TE11), M Bennett (112-TE12)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: E Decker (86), R Wayne (87), Dennis Pitta (88), M Jones-Drew (89), T Romo (90)
Position: G Olsen (78-TE8), K Rudolph (84-TE9), Dennis Pitta (88 - TE10), Z Ertz (99-TE11), M Bennett (112-TE12)
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Outlook

Dennis Pitta missed most of 2013 after a dazzling 2012 season in which he burst on the scene with 61 receptions, 661 yards, and seven touchdowns. Pitta became one of Joe Flacco’s most trusted targets, and that continued during the team’s Super Bowl run when he tallied 14 postseason catches and three more touchdowns. In 2012, he shared “apple-of-Flacco’s-eye” duties with Anquan Boldin, who is no longer in Baltimore. Pitta’s 2012 numbers for receptions and yards should be considered his floor in a fully healthy campaign. Look for him to be the “move” tight end in an offense that will feature many two-tight end sets. He’ll occupy the slot and play in-line.


2014 Schedule

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2013 Game Summaries

Week 14 - Making his debut from a serious hip injury Pitta had to knock off some rust. Pitta dropped his first target that would have converted a third down. Pitta dropped his second target also on third down that would have gone for a gain of 25. Pitta dropped his third target too on a hitch route. One half was all Pitta would need to regain his form. He opened the second half with two strong grabs. The second was an excellent diving catch he laid out for to extend the drive. Pitta wasn’t targeted much in the third quarter but the Ravens were sure to use him down the stretch. He made two key plays on a scoring drive. The first was a catch against coverage on a comeback route. Pitta was hit hard on the play but didn’t wince and got right back up. He followed it up with a one yard touchdown on 4th and goal. On the play he beat a safety easily inside on a slant route from the slot. On the game winning drive, Pitta drew a pass interference call on Chad Greenway for 18 yards. He then worked against zone coverage on shallow cross and picked up 17 more yards.

Week 15 - Dennis Pitta looked healthy but was limited by good coverage. Levy was all over Pitta for most of the game. Pitta remains limited, playing less snaps than Ed Dickson. He ran fewer routes than last week but his role should only grow. Pitta beat Deandre Levy on a third and long with an out breaking route. Pitta made a reception against soft zone coverage on a comeback route for a solid gain.

Week 16 - Dennis Pitta was not heavily involved against the Patriots. Pitta was rarely targeted and his most significant play was a drop into a Logan Ryan’s hands for an easy interception. Pitta made a nice grab when the Ravens were backed against their own goal line. He beat a corner out of the slot on a short post route. Pitta then made an excellent sideline catch on an out route that was initially ruled incomplete but excellent footwork made the catch possible.

Week 17 - Dennis Pitta wasn’t heavily involved in the offense and picked up most of his yardage late in the game. Pitta started the game and took snaps ahead of Dickson for the first time this season. Pitta had a near completion on a diving catch attempt on a wild pass from Flacco but couldn’t haul it in.