Hoping to buld on a strong finish to the 2013 season, Raven tight end Dennis Pitta is looking forward to a 2014 campaign that will include something he was missing last year... his health. Pitta had a stellar season in 2012, catching 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. That was the breakout year that had many prognosticators projecting him as a top five-top ten for 2013. When he injured his hip in July, it was clear that the bulk of his season was lost, if not all of it. Pitta returned for the last four games of the regular season and was productive, catching 20 passes for 169 yards and a score.
Pitta is excited about new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak's system. "The system is set up for receivers to have big years and for tight ends to catch a lot of footballs. Owen [Daniels] has proven that over the years. Hopefully I can find a similar role".
Unfortunately, new OC Gary Kubiak brought tight end Owen Daniels with him to Baltimore. Pitta should still be the main TE for the Ravens, but Daniels has the talent and already has the trust of Kubiak. So, it figures that he will steal some playing time from Pitta. That's the bad news. The good news is this... No team threw more passes to the TE than Kubiak's did in Houston over the past three season. Considering the Ravens don't have a wide receiver with the talent of the Texans Andre Johnson , the tight ends should see their share of opportunities in 2014. That definitely bodes well for Pitta and Daniels both.
Experts seem to be buying into the Pitta hype. In two recent FFWC Draft 'n' Go high-stakes drafts, Pitta was the 8th and 6th tight end off the board, going in the 8th and 7th round respectively.
I like Pitta as a top 10 tight end in 2014, with upside in Kubiak's system.