Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Dennis Pitta’s serious hip injury, a fracture and dislocation that required surgery. The fact Pitta took the practice field Sunday without favoring or thinking about the injury indicated how far he has come back.
“It’s not giving me any issue at all, I feel 100 percent,” Pitta said after practice. “I’m encouraged with where I’m at.’
The Ravens are encouraged about their tight end situation overall. After signing Owen Daniels as a free agent and drafting Crockett Gillmore, the Ravens have depth at tight end, and players with different skill sets. Pitta has superb chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco. Daniels has experience, both in the NFL and in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Gillmore is probably the best blocker among the three tight ends, which could earn him reps as part of the running-game package.
Pitta missed 12 games last season, and the Ravens missed their starting tight end badly. Considering how much Kubiak loves throwing to tight ends, a healthy Pitta hopes to make a huge difference in the Ravens’ offense.
“The tight end position is a valuable part of this offense and I think coach Kubiak does a great job of putting us in positions to succeed,” Pitta said. “This is an exciting offense to be a part of.”