There are pessimistic people out there that believe that one person can’t change the outlook of an organization. I am here to tell you they are completely wrong. One person with the right attitude, physical ability and will to win can be infectious to any team. The Baltimore Ravens were in desperate need of such an infection, and he came at just the right time. That infusion is named Dennis Pitta.
The BYU alum returned to practice this week and brought smiles to some of his fellow teammates faces. After such a crucial loss against the Chicago Bears this past Sunday, they needed some good news. Pitta may not be ready to be activated, but neither was Ray Lewis when he came back to the practice field last year; just their presence means a lot. I remember traveling to Houston last year to watch the Ravens play the Houston Texans; I could definitely see there was a fire missing without Lewis there to at least cheer on his team in what resulted in a devastating loss and long drive home for me. However, when Lewis returned to command his troops, the defense began to pull themselves together. Pitta is by no means the outspoken leader that Lewis is, but Pitta leads by example and just has a good spirit about him.
The Ravens have three weeks to decide whether to activate Pitta or shelve him for the season. It may not be this week, but he will be back. The offensive unit will step out on the field next Sunday with a bit more confidence because of Pitta’s return to the team. Not only will you see confidence, you might even see a bit more competition out of the TE corps; they know that they have to bring it, because if they don’t, if and when Pitta is activated, one of them may be cut. Let’s hope I am right and the Ravens use his return as motivation to stomp the New York Jets.