Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since September of 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
Pitta's return to practice after missing all of last season due to a serious hip injury is a step in the right direction for the veteran tight end, but OTAs are nowhere near as physical as what he'll be up against when the
Pitta hasn't played in an NFL game since Sept. 21, 2014 when he dislocated his right hip for the second time in two years. He'll be at additional risk of suffering the same injury a third time, but he's already acknowledged that he'll likely need a hip replacement at some point in his life, regardless of whether he keeps playing football. It will be interesting to see where Pitta fits in at OTAs and training camp, as he was the Ravens' top tight end from 2012 through the first few weeks of 2014. The team has since added 2014 third-rounder Crockett Gillmore, 2015 second-rounder Maxx Williams and recent free-agent acquisition Ben Watson. Given that Gillmore and Watson are both superior blockers, Pitta will likely just compete for a slot/move role on passing downs. The Ravens might consider trading either Gillmore or Williams.
Dennis Pitta , who missed all of the 2015 season while recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip, is reportedly eyeing a return to the field this coming season.
Pitta, who turns 31 in June, hasn't confirmed the report, but more should be known with regard to his situation once the Baltimore Ravens ' offseason program opens next week. If Pitta does indeed re-enter the mix, he'd join a fairly crowded Baltimore tight end corps that also includes newcomer Benjamin Watson, as well as Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and perhaps converted wideout Darren Waller. In his last full season with the Ravens, Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven TDs in 2012.
Dennis Pitta (hip) acknowledged that he has begun to think about life after football, but he also said that he still has a desire to play, the Baltimore Ravens ' official website reports.
Pitta missed the entire 2015 season after dislocating his left hip in both 2013 and 2014. He practiced for a few weeks in late October and early November, but doctors ultimately recommended that he sit out the entire season. If he were to resume his career, Pitta would be at increased risk of suffering additional hip injuries, which could lead to serious health problems later in life. Also, the Ravens no longer have need of a tight end, as second-year pro Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams appear to have the team in good hands at the position. Pitta will give it another shot in a few months, but it won't be surprising if he ultimately shifts his focus to either coaching or a non-football career.
|P2||8/20/16||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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|11||11/20/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/12/16||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/16||@ PIT||4:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
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