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By Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
It's hard being Dennis Pitta right now. Grading all those term papers, monitoring all those final exams, attending all those faculty meetings - it can wear on you. Plus there's another guy in town with the same unusual name and people keep getting the two of you confused, even though THAT Dennis Pitta is someone you've never even met. But that ended Tuesday when Dennis Pitta, long-time University of Baltimore marketing professor, finally found...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh woke up Monday and watched the tape from Sunday's game again. It was even more enjoyable than witnessing it from his spot on the sideline. "It was a lot more fun watching the tape … when I already know the outcome," said Harbaugh, a day after the Ravens had one of their most explosive offensive performances in team history and routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17 at Raymond James Stadium. "But any time you see a touchdown, it's fun. It's a joy, it's just a great feeling.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Three weeks away from the first weekend of the NFL season, injured tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are on the mend and optimistic that they will be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Pitta broke his right hand during practice July 30. Dickson sprained his right shoulder while hauling in a touchdown pass in a 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener. “It's much better, a lot better,” Dickson said. “I can actually do some catching and stuff, and more conditioning.
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Mike Preston | October 13, 2014
When the Ravens signed three free agents in the offseason to boost their offense, only the acquisition of veteran receiver Steve Smith seemed to create a buzz around town. After six games, all three additions and center Jeremy Zuttah have had a significant impact, but none greater than Smith. He gave the Ravens two elements they were missing from last season - a go-to receiver who could work the entire field, and a hard-nose veteran with a strong work ethic Smith has 35 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns so far this year.
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By Matt Vensel | August 12, 2011
Dennis Pitta's crazy catch over Eagles safety Kurt Coleman was the highlight of Thursday's preseason game. The Ravens tight end posterized the second-year player, playing the role of your average 90s NBA big man as a foil for Coleman's best Shawn Bradley impersonation (if you don't get the reference, this should video should help ). I don't care if it was a catch in a meaningless exhibition game, the above picture deseves the Fathead treatment.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
The loss of tight end Dennis Pitta -- who could miss the entire preseason and maybe even the season opener because of a broken hand -- really hurts the Ravens. Despite the team having another quality tight end in Ed Dickson, Pitta is the better of the two players. Dickson has more speed and is more of a deep threat, but Pitta has been more consistent catching the ball. He is also a better blocker on running plays, although both players needed to improve from a year ago. Dickson had become a liability as a blocker on short-yardage running plays.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
The Ravens have been fixtures on national television shows since winning Super Bowl XLVII a month ago. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones will be “Dancing with the Stars.” Head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP, stayed up late with Dave Letterman. Free safety Ed Reed played red-carpet reporter at the Oscars for NFL Network. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin and kicker Justin Tucker even played something called “bubble soccer” with Jimmy Fallon and actor and Baltimore native Josh Charles days after the win. But when soft-handed tight ends are critiquing fashion on TV, you know it is starting to get out of hand.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The Ravens aren't traditionally averse to using the franchise tag, frequently employing the designation to avoid losing players to free agency and buy time to hammer out contracts. Nearly one year after they didn't have to use the tag before signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a $120.6 million contract last March, the Ravens' most likely franchise player candidate is tight end Dennis Pitta. It would cost the Ravens $6.7 million in salary and cap space under a one-year franchise tender.
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By Matt Vensel | October 4, 2012
After catching 18 passes in his first three games of 2012, in the process endearing himself to fantasy football aficionados, Dennis Pitta was shut out by the Cleveland Browns last Thursday. He played 57 snaps as the Ravens continued to line up the tight end all over the field, but he had zero catches on a season-low two targets. As a result, those finicky fantasy football folks have been bailing on Pitta, but there is no reason to think he won't continue to be a big part of the Ravens offense.
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By Matt Vensel | July 28, 2013
The loss of tight end Dennis Pitta doesn't doom the Ravens' season, but it is a significant loss for an offense that was looking to establish a new identity after parting ways with a pair of notable veterans this offseason. Pitta dislocated his hip during Sunday's training camp practice , and he did it on the type of play and in the type of situation in which the Ravens were counting on him to produce. On the first snap of a red-zone drill, Pitta lined up in the slot and raced up the seam towards the goal posts.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Torrey Smith learned a valuable lesson in his rookie season that is serving him well. The Ravens' second-round pick out of the University of Maryland in 2011, Smith struggled badly in his first NFL training camp and then was held without a catch in the first two regular-season games. The chatter had already started that he was the latest in a long line of wide receivers drafted by the Ravens who would never fulfill their potential. Smith quieted such talk with a three-touchdown, 152-yard receiving performance in Week Three against the St. Louis Rams.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Breaking down each aspect of the Ravens' Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium: PASSING GAME RAVENS: Through the first four games last year, Joe Flacco had thrown five touchdown passes, seven interceptions and was sacked 12 times. This year, he has seven touchdowns, two interceptions and he's been sacked just three times. Flacco has directed 12 drives of 10 plays or more and converting on third down will be vital in keeping Andrew Luck off the field.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Was there any doubt that Steve Smith was going to have a huge game playing against his former team? The second Smith ran under Joe Flacco's deflected pass and took it 61 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter, you knew it was going to be a long day for the Panthers. Flacco played another strong game and the offensive line continues to impress.
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Mike Preston | September 25, 2014
Soon after the 2013 season ended, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he knew his offense was in trouble once tight end Dennis Pitta was injured and declared out for the season shortly into training camp. Pitta is out for the season again after he re-injured his hip Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens announced Wednesday that starting left tackle Eugene Monroe could be out for an extended period because of a knee injury. It's not a good situation for the Ravens, who play the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers within the next six weeks.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' win over the Cleveland Browns and other topics about the team. Going forward, to what extent does potentially losing Dennis Pitta for the year impact the offense? Does the offense have playmakers who can step in and lessen Pitta's absence? Does his injury appear to be career-ending? -- Craig, Winchester, Va. Craig, you have to be nervous about the loss of tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta was supposed to be the replacement for Anquan Boldin last year, and the offense clearly suffered all of last season without him. This season needs to be different.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson looks back at the Ravens' game each week and looks ahead to their next opponent. GAME PLAN: Maintaining a downhill, physical approach even with Bernard Pierce sidelined with a quadriceps injury, Gary Kubiak manufactured a balanced strategy headlined by the unveiling of powerful rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. Creating pathways for Taliaferro and Justin Forsett, fullback Kyle Juszczyk had his best game in three NFL starts with hard-nosed lead blocking.
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Mike Preston | February 24, 2014
The Ravens and Dennis Pitta are still far from reaching a new contract, but hopefully they aren't haggling over whether Pitta should get paid as a wide receiver or a tight end. It's the trend these days, because tight ends get moved around the field, especially in the slot, so they want to get paid receiver money. If that's the case with Pitta, then the Ravens should remind him he got drafted as a tight end, gets introduced as a tight end, is as big and slow as a tight end and plays tight end. End of conversation.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Although tight end Ed Dickson acknowledged that his chances of returning as an unrestricted free agent is probably a long shot, he made a sales pitch for the Ravens to do everything they can to hold onto free agent tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown from quarterback Joe Flacco in four games since returning from a hip injury. “No. 5 [Flacco] and No. 88 [Pitta] have a connection,” Dickson said. “It's like that John Stockton and [Karl]
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
I'm sorry, I tried to be good and accept life as a small-market CBS sports fan, getting the fourth-string crew and no sideline reporter for Ravens games. And, you have to admit, I managed for a couple weeks to sound like a properly grateful peasant in accepting the crumbs from the table of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. Did I not even say in one review that maybe CBS is right, it would be too expensive for the network to have sideline reporters on ALL the Sunday afternoon games - especially in markets like Baltimore?
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