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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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Draft Scout Dennis Pitta News
09/23/14 - TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was officially placed on reserve/injured by the Ravens Tuesday (Sept. 23).
09/22/14 - TE Dennis Pitta suffered another devastating injury to his right hip and had to be carted off the field. It was the same area where he underwent surgery and missed the beginning of last season. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Pitta underwent season-ending surgery Monday.
"I don't know the ramifications of that long term," Harbaugh said. "I'm going to be really hopeful for Dennis' return."
The players were also shaken up by the injury.
"When you're in the middle of a game, you don't think too much about that stuff, but yeah, it's not easy," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "Dennis is a good friend. He's a good teammate and he's a hell of a player. No matter who it is, it's tough to see it happen. When it looks like it might be what it is or it might be serious, it's not too easy.
Like I said, I think in the middle of the game, you kind of just go out and complete a play and keep your mind off of it. It's going to be rough over the next day or two just thinking about it or talking to him and seeing how he feels about it. I know last time he got hurt, he was pretty optimistic about everything. It'll be interesting to talk to him. It's tough."
09/12/14 - TE Dennis Pitta has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets over the past five seasons. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak likes to use a lot of two, tight end sets and this provides more creative ways for Pitta to get involved in the offense. Pitta was solid again against Pittsburgh with three catches for 30 yards, including a crucial 24-yard grab down the middle of the field. TE Owen Daniels lined up with Pitta and caught a pair of touchdown passes from Flacco. "We had good chemistry tonight," Pitta said. "The short passing game was working well. We got bogged down a little bit in the middle of the game, but we wore them down in the second half."
07/31/14 - TE Dennis Pitta says he's 100 percent one year after suffering a fractured, dislocated right hip that required surgery and sidelined him for the first dozen games of last season.
02/28/14 - TE Dennis Pitta agreed to terms on a five-year, $32 million deal with the Ravens.
Pitta was a priority for the Ravens entering free agency March 11 with the possibility of using the franchise tag to retain him looming as a last resort.
"Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses. He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers," said Ozzie Newsome, vice president and general manager of the Ravens. "Opponents have to always pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us."
A fourth-round pick (114th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft, Pitta has played in 47 career games (eight starts), but missed 12 games last season with a fractured hip.
"It was obvious when Dennis was out last year that we really missed him," head coach John Harbaugh said. "We all admire how he fought back from the hip injury and helped us down the stretch. Having Dennis as a part of the Ravens now and in the future is exciting news for us.
"Dennis has a large catch radius and can snatch the ball in traffic. Not only is he a reliable player, but he is an outstanding person as well. Having a weapon like Dennis makes everyone on our offense better."
Pitta could have created a stir as a franchise player given his use in the offensive formation with the Ravens last season. With almost 80 percent of his snaps coming out of the slot, Pitta and his representatives would likely have filed a grievance to be paid the expected franchise wide receiver tender of $11.6 million, rather than as a tight end -- his position designation on the roster -- of $6.8 million.
Because of the hip injury, Pitta missed most of the 2013 season and caught 20 passes for 169 yards. He has 122 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Ravens, including 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2