TE Dennis Pitta expected to have versatile role in Ravens' offense


TE Dennis Pitta expected to have versatile role in Ravens' offense

Smart coaches put their best offensive players in multiple positions on the field to maximize their talents and create mismatches. The Broncos intend on doing it with Julius Thomas.
The Vikings are moving Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson around.
The Ravens are doing it with tight end Dennis Pitta, too. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Pitta was "in constant motion" during offseason practices. He worked as a traditional in-line tight end, but also lined up out wide and in the backfield.
Pitta said there has definitely been a learning curve with his new positions and the responsibilities that come with each. But he's having fun with all that is being asked of him.
"I have done a lot of different things in this offense already," Pitta said during the Ravens' final minicamp. "I would assume that would continue to increase, but I'm trying to get down the basics still right now and trying to be effective at some of our basic plays, and hopefully, I can get in a position where I can play a variety of positions."
Pitta didn't play until December last season due to a dislocated and fractured hip suffered in July, but he did catch 20 passes in his four games.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's getting to the point where I know I am going to draft Pitta this year. He comes at a reasonable price (eighth-round ADP), is part of a tight end-friendly offense and has the talent to finish inside the top five at the position. It reminds me of Jordan Cameron from last season. Although he was more of a bargain, I became infatuated with Cameron early on, knew I was going to draft him, and it ultimately worked out well. If Pitta can stay healthy, he should haul in 80 passes this year.

Aaron Wilson via Baltimore Sun

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