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By Jeff Zrebiec | May 1, 2014
From now until May 8, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll be examining tight end: Current tight ends under contract: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Matt Furstenburg, Nathan Overbay.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 23, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley looks for all of his tight ends to be “three-pronged. " He wants them to be capable of playing as a traditional tight end, out at wide receiver or detached from the line of scrimmage, whether in the slot, as an H-back or somewhere else in the formation. Andrew Isaacs was the closest thing the Terps had to a "three-pronged" tight end. Isaacs only had two catches this season. But the sophomore flashed skills as a pass-catcher during preseason practice, had been consistently praised by teammates and coaches for the improvements he had made as a blocker, and he was playing around 45 snaps per game on offense.
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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 Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 20, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - At the Big Ten media days in late July, Maryland coach Randy Edsall was asked to identify his primary concerns heading into the season. He answered immediately: Staying healthy. The Terps , who have dealt with numerous serious injuries to key players the past two seasons, got through preseason practice relatively healthy. But the injuries have continued to mount since the season started in late August, and Maryland lost two more starters to injuries during Saturday's 34-20 win over Syracuse.
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By Matt Vensel | September 12, 2013
Before they lost track of towering Demaryius Thomas, before they let little Wes Welker wiggle out of their grasp, the Ravens last Thursday couldn't keep track of Julius Thomas, a talented but unknown tight end before that night. Thomas, a former college basketball player, had a breakout performance against the Ravens, scoring both Denver Broncos touchdowns in the first half of the 49-27 loss. He finished the game with five catches for 110 yards on seven targets, a performance that prompted fantasy football players to frantically click their mice.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
The daunting task of replacing the Ravens' all-time leader in catches and receiving touchdowns will fall on a rookie with just eight catches this season. Whether it's youthful confidence or reckless abandon, Ed Dickson said he is prepared for the challenge. "I thrive in these moments," the 23-year-old tight end said Wednesday. "I want the ball. I want that big block, I want that big catch. I'm getting an opportunity and when opportunity knocks, you've got to take advantage. This is my opportunity, this is our team's opportunity to do something great and still do [well]
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 7, 2011
John Mackey changed the game of football on and off the field. The former Baltimore Colt brought grace to a position that had been known for its brutality, and he made the first real headway in the NFL players' fight to earn a more equal share of the pie. That battle continues as the NFL lockout drags on this summer. Mr. Mackey, one of the game's great tight ends, a Hall of Famer and one-time president of the NFL Players Association, died Wednesday of frontotemporal dementia, a disease he had battled for 10 years, at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore.
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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 Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
The general rule of thumb in the NFL is that it takes about three years for a wide receiver to develop into an everyday contributor. The same could apply to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Pitta has begun to assert himself as the franchise's tight end of the future. He is tied with wide receiver Torrey Smith for the team lead in touchdown receptions (seven), ranks second in catches (57), and is third in receiving yards (613). With two more regular-season contests remaining, Pitta needs just one more score to break a tie with Todd Heap for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in a single season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed Monday that Ravens tight end Ed Dickson has a small hamstring tear, an injury that isn't believed to be too serious but is magnified with Dennis Pitta already out for the season. Dickson, who missed three games and battled injuries all last season, sustained the hamstring tear during practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday. “There's a little tear in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We're going to hold him back for a week or so and we'll see where we're at. It's going to be a matter of time, but it's not going to be a long time.” Harbaugh said that he expects Dickson, who caught 21 passes for 225 yards in 13 games last season, to be ready for the Ravens' Sept.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Just a few weeks ago, Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels ' status was very much in doubt. When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was responding and was adamant that he would be just fine. Daniels is looking mighty accurate in his self-assessment. He caught a pair of touchdown passes Thursday night in a 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a key AFC North game at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Ravens had just finished Tuesday's practice on one of the hottest days of the summer, but Owen Daniels wasn't quite ready for the workout to be over. As many of his teammates headed inside, the 31-year-old stayed on the field and did some extra running, putting himself through a few more routes. "I feel really good," Daniels said afterward. "I had a little [hamstring] issue, but that's all cleared up. That's ready to go. Everything else feels really good. I'm excited to get going this first week.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Ravens released center Reggie Stephens and four other players on Friday. Outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, tight end Nathan Overbay and undrafted rookie defensive linemen Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins were also waived, the team announced. The Ravens also plan to cut undrafted rookie defensive tackle A.J. Patiali'i and hope to sign him to their practice squad, according to a source. Stephens was on the Ravens' practice squad last season. A 2010 Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round draft pick, he previously played with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 28, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Derrick Hayward did not look natural at tight end during the early part of preseason practice. Hayward, a redshirt freshman who signed with Maryland as an outside linebacker, lacked fluidity as a route runner. He was also inconsistent catching the football, as he was during the spring as well. But the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Hayward improved as preseason camp went on, to the point that he will begin the season as the top backup to starting tight end Andrew Isaacs. “He's continued to develop to where you'll see he's created a [role]
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Veteran tight end Owen Daniels missed his second straight day of practice Thursday for the Ravens, despite offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak saying Wednesday that he was “fine” and just getting a break. Coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday's practice that the team “decided to rest his legs a little bit.” “He'd been going pretty hard so [we wanted to] get him down a little bit,” Harbaugh said. The Ravens were off Tuesday, but Daniels has not practiced since Monday's practice with the San Francisco 49ers.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels didn't practice Wednesday and was given the majority of the day off, according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said Daniels is fine. Daniels completed a joint practice Monday with the San Francisco 49ers. He was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract in March after a stint with the Houston Texans. Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Tight end Dennis Pitta (sprained ankle) is practicing. Meanwhile, safety Brynden Trawick (back)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2011
Preseason games are typically cast as meaningless affairs featuring players in danger of not making a roster. Just don't tell that to Dennis Pitta. Pitta, a second-year tight end, started in the Ravens' 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener for both teams last Thursday, and his presence with the likes of quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Anquan Boldin was perhaps the most significant indicator of his evolution in the NFL. "It meant a lot," Pitta said this week.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 23, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley looks for all of his tight ends to be “three-pronged. " He wants them to be capable of playing as a traditional tight end, out at wide receiver or detached from the line of scrimmage, whether in the slot, as an H-back or somewhere else in the formation. Andrew Isaacs was the closest thing the Terps had to a "three-pronged" tight end. Isaacs only had two catches this season. But the sophomore flashed skills as a pass-catcher during preseason practice, had been consistently praised by teammates and coaches for the improvements he had made as a blocker, and he was playing around 45 snaps per game on offense.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Standing at his locker Monday night after a practice spent chasing down running backs and quarterbacks, Courtney Upshaw brooded about a few plays that had eluded him. Visibly tired, Upshaw shook his head. “I've got to do better,” he said. “We all know I've got to improve. Every year, I want to get better. That's what it's all about.” Quiet and introspective, Upshaw is keenly aware of his NFL reputation - but looking to burnish it. The Ravens' burly strong-side linebacker is known as a stout run stopper whose toughness keeps running backs from scampering outside for first downs.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on July 24, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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