After catching just 41 passes in his first two NFL seasons, Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens emerged as one of the NFL's better pass-catching tight ends in 2012. And there is reason to believe Pitta could be even more productive in 2013.
Only once in Joe Flacco's first five seasons in the NFL has the quarterback ranked among the top 10 players at his position in fantasy points scored. That could change this season, though, if the Baltimore Ravens continue to open up their passing attack with Flacco.
Dating back to his high school days, the lanky quarterback has inspired tall tales with his rocket right arm. When the Ravens first got a glimpse of it, they knew they could construct their offense around it. With his elite arm strength, Flacco can attack the field vertically and from sideline to sideline, challenging the defense to cover the entire field. Meanwhile, with fearful defensive backs anticipating deep passes, shorter throws are easier to complete and opportunities emerge for the
Over the past three seasons, New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been the NFL's most productive tight-end tandem. Meanwhile, Ravens tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who were also selected in that 2010 draft, were measured against New England's dynamic duo.
A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year who's the NFL's all-time active leader with 61 interceptions, Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Texans following the Super Bowl. He's ranked 18th on the list.
As you come to grips to life without Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, consider the following statement: Before this offseason, no NFL team had lost more than five Super Bowl starters from its roster before the following season.
It's surprising that someone who scored three unforgettable touchdowns during the Ravens' Super Bowl run then spent his spring shimmying on national television is getting overlooked in the discussion about who will be the other starting wide receiver opposite Torrey Smith, but Jacoby Jones isn't getting mentioned enough.
After a breakout 2012 season, fourth-year Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is no longer flying under the radar. Defenses paid attention to him during the season. Opposing teams showed interest in signing him this spring. The team has publicly said that they would like to sign Pitta to a contract extension. And Pitta said Friday that he would like to stick around.
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Ravens had an extremely eventful offseason where they overhauled their roster and dealt with a tight salary-cap situation by making a series of tough decisions.
For the Baltimore Ravens, the trade of Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers leaves a significant and belligerent void. The Ravens hope one or more of several young receivers can fill the void. That includes a pair of athletic, pass-catching, matchup-busting tight ends in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who could be tough to stop when they're on the field together.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with blogger Gordon McGuiness, who writes about the Ravens for Pro Football Focus and also contributes to Russell Street Report and the Purple Reign Show.
Just two days ago, the Ravens wrapped another successful draft, selecting a 10-player class that is being hailed as one of the weekend's best by many draft analysts. Next there are minicamps, offseason workouts and later a training camp to be conducted, and, eventually, games will be played. But who cares about all that? Let's look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft.
As we have seen for two years, Ravens fullback Vonta Leach is probably the best blocking fullback in the NFL, and he has the dented facemasks to prove it. But Kyle Juszczyk appears to be a better fit for the future as the Ravens continue to modernize their offense.
Instead of delivering touchdown passes, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player handed out ice cream sundaes. Admittedly, Flacco did so with much less confidence than he normally displays in the Ravens' backfield.