Data Scout Notes: AP2nd/WCamp1st/AFCA/1stC/MackeyFinalist/PLombardi/PBiletnikoff/09Mackey/P1st/1st team
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 4/114 -- Dennis Pitta, TE, 6-4, 245, BYU, This was the surprise pick, especially after the Ravens selected Dickson one round earlier. Pitta is another pass-catching tight end who has soft hands. Unlike Dickson, he isn't considered an explosive athlete. - by The Sports Xchange
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05/26/16 - TE Dennis Pitta is determined to get back on the field and make an impact after fighting back from a devastating hip injury.
He participated in OTAs this week and did not appear to have any setbacks. Pitta hasn't played since Sept. 21, 2014, after suffering a hip dislocation and fracture for the second time in as many years. Last month, Pitta restructured his contract to remain with the team. He is not worried about injuring his hip.
"I feel really good physically out there," Pitta said. "Obviously, I haven't played football for a while, so there (are) some things I'm getting back used to, but overall I can't complain. I feel great out there and I feel like I'm running like I want to and like I used to, so it's very encouraging."
When healthy, Pitta has been one of the team's most effective playmakers for quarterback Joe Flacco. In 50 career games, Pitta has caught 138 passes for 1,369 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco in the 2013 Super Bowl.
Pitta was able to practice with the Ravens for three weeks during the 2015 season, but doctors never gave him the OK to play in a game. He hopes to be a difference-maker this season.
"He looked good," Harbaugh said. "I think it's hard to really evaluate and make a comparison. If you're asking for a comparison from what he was when he was playing to what he is now, he's removed from football for a couple of years and this is nothing."
04/13/16 - TE Dennis Pitta restructured his contract to stay with the Ravens as he attempts to return from his second significant hip injury.
Pitta signed a five-year, $32 million contract in March of 2014, and was due to earn $5 million in base salary in 2016 along with $2.2 million of his prorated signing bonus for a total salary cap hit of $7.2 million. He was due to count $7.7 million against the cap in each of the final two years of the deal. Terms of the restructured deal were not disclosed, although Pitta will have the opportunity to earn some of his reduced pay back through incentives.
"Dennis wants to continue his playing career, and we want to give him that opportunity," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We have reworked his contract, and we're excited to help him with his comeback. Everyone here wants Dennis to succeed."
Pitta missed the entire 2015 season after re-injuring his hip injury originally sustained on Sept. 21, 2014 at Cleveland. That came after recovering from a dislocated and fractured hip suffered during the preseason in 2013.
Pitta began last season on the physically unable to perform list. He returned to the practice field in October, but it was determined in November that he wasn't ready for contact in a regular-season game and he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Originally a fourth-round pick by the Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft, Pitta has 138 career receptions for 1,369 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has 21 catches for 233 yards and four touchdowns in the postseason. However, the 30-year-old has played in only seven regular-season games over the past three seasons, posting a combined 36 catches for 294 yards and one touchdown, and has not appeared in a regular-season game in 19 months.
"I am thankful for this opportunity to continue my career," said Pitta, who joined the team for this week's offseason workouts. "I'm excited to get back to work with my teammates and for this organization
11/12/15 - TE Dennis Pitta had his practice-period expire Wednesday (Nov. 11) with the Ravens and will remain on reserve/physically unable to perform for the remainder of the season.
11/10/15 - TE Dennis Pitta (hip), who was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list prior to the season, has been participating in team drills. The Ravens have until Wednesday to either add him to the 53-man roster or keep him on PUP for the rest of the season. Head coach John Harbaugh was hesitant to make any predictions. However, Harbaugh said Pitta has looked good in practice. "We've had a tough time covering him," Harbaugh said.
10/22/15 - TE Dennis Pitta, currently on reserve/physically unable to perform, had his 21-day practice period begin Wednesday (Oct. 21) with the Ravens.