Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta should consider 2013 to be a “lost season” for himself. After a breakout season in 2012 where he posted career highs in receptions, yardage and touchdowns, Pitta seemed poised to post even more impressive numbers in 2013. However, an unfortunate hip injury in training camp limited him to play in only the final four games of the season.
Pitta is being pegged by many as one of the top breakout candidates for the upcoming season. He is viewed as maybe the top beneficiary of the Ravens organization hiring former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be the team’s offensive coordinator. Kubiak is viewed by many around the league as somewhat of a tight end guru. Over the past three seasons, no team in the NFL ran more multiple tight end sets than the Texans. The Ravens signed another former Texan in Owen Daniels, but he projects to sit behind Pitta on the depth chart as a compliment or insurance.
In Kubiak’s double tight end system, Pitta will play the role of the “move” tight end which should result in more receptions for the 27-year-old. As a “move” tight end, Pitta will be expected to line up in-line and in the slot, so expect Kubiak to employ him all over the field. Fantasy football owners should view Pitta as a top end TE-1 who will fit well in any team, whether it be in a standard or PPR- league. Fantasy owners should look for Pitta to flourish in the new system that Kubiak will implement.
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