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Dennis Pitta: “Remarkable” to be back in lineup

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With so much going on in the final minutes of the Ravens’ 29-26 victory over the Vikings, the return of tight end Dennis Pitta to the Baltimore lineup wasn’t a big story in the aftermath.

Pitta’s return from his August hip dislocation went about as well as the team could have hoped for, though. He had a drop early in the game, but Joe Flacco looked for him frequently and Pitta delivered with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Pitta played a big role on the final drive, drawing a pass interference flag on linebacker Chad Greenway and catching an 18-yard pass to set up Marlon Brown’s winning touchdown.

Not bad for the first day back at work.

“I remember when I got injured, I didn’t know if I was even going to play football again,” Pitta said, via the team’s website. “So being able to stand here and talk about a victory and being a part of that is special for me. And just being a part of this team and being able to fight the way we did today is pretty remarkable.”

Pitta jumped right back into his role as a favored target on third down, gaining a first down that set up his touchdown in the fourth quarter. That score set off the scoring frenzy that closed the game and was part of a day filled with evidence of Pitta’s value to Baltimore’s offense as they vie for a playoff spot.

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27 Responses to “Dennis Pitta: “Remarkable” to be back in lineup”
  1. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    this guy is going to have 2 super bowl world champion rings on his finger by the time this season is over

  2. theptfpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    I think the vikings should look at taking a dehumidifier in the first round of the draft this year. They like spending so much time in the nfc north basement they might as well try to improve their living conditions.

    Plus I bet a dehumidifier would make for a better QB than anything on the current roster.

  3. itsfootballbaby says: Dec 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    He didn’t look to hampered by the injury when he laid out for that amazing catch in the flat. Game changer.

  4. ralphtherealravenfan says: Dec 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Quiet as kept, he’s as important to our offense as Gronkowski is/was to the Pats. New England’s offense instantly picked up when he got back, and the same thing bore fruit for our team with the return of Pitta. The more game action he sees, the smoother our offense will go.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    this guy is going to have 2 super bowl world champion rings on his finger by the time this season is over.
    —————————————————
    E-bay. Quadry Ismail needs beer money.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    IGF…. oh…. I mean….. uhh….. “deer antler”.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    What’s remarkable is that he thinks it’s remarkable to play in this offense. Pitta probably also thinks his Didge Neon has remarkable handling.

    Serious note (as to not upset flaccodelic), I’m glad I’m making fun of him playing, rather than riding the IR.

  8. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    Hopefully the Ravens lock him up long term after this season.

  9. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    If by “drawing a pass interference flag” you mean slipping on the snow, yeah, that was a great play.

  10. patsfan1820 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Pitta is Flacco’s best weapon without him Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown can’t get open. And Ed Dixon is made of stone. Ravens will probably make the playoffs but it’s going to be difficult for them.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    So… “ELITE” joe flacco gets dennis pitta back… and… he still struggles against the 30 ranked PASS Defense in the NFL.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    “Hopefully the Ravens lock him up long term after this season.”

    Can’t afford it.

  13. deathonwings410 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    Pitta is the clutch middle of the field. third-down receiver we’ve been missing this year. Flacco can actually trust him to come back to a the football, unlike Ed “Butterfingers” Dickson.

  14. learysdisciples says: Dec 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    I, Pitta the fool…

  15. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Dec 9, 2013 3:38 PM
    “Hopefully the Ravens lock him up long term after this season.”

    Can’t afford it.

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    Based on what?

    And if you bring up Flacco’s contract AGAIN, you once again prove you simply do not know what you’re talking about.

    The Ravens have several notable pending UFAs after this season, including Jacoby Jones, Arthur Jones, Eugene Monroe, Michael Oher, and Daryl Smith on top of Pitta. Currently, the Ravens are projected to be at $107 million committed to 2014, and the salary cap will be somewhere around $122 million, giving around $15 million to play with assuming no contracts are reworked.

    I think it’s safe to say that Arthur Jones and possibly Daryl Smith will attract too much money on the open market, and Oher is a walking false start or holding penalty, so they will all be gone. The Ravens could afford signing Monroe to anchor left tackle, and hopefully bring back Jacoby while offering Pitta a low-risk contract so he can earn his big money later.

    Considering the Steelers are currently projected to be around $7 million over the cap in 2014, I fail to see why you are so consumed with the Ravens being strapped in cap hell because of Flacco’s contract (which is a falsehood anyway).

    *Numbers courtesy overthecap.com.

  16. jacktheraven says: Dec 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Let’s just be thankful Pitta is back from a serious injury. Take the hate for Joe and the Ravens elsewhere.

  17. jacktheraven says: Dec 9, 2013 4:53 PM

    You don’t know what you’re talking about to say the Ravens can’t afford to sign Pitta. The Ravens are a billion dollar team. They can afford any player they REALLY want.

  18. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Six rings is what matters.

    Six of them.

    Who else can say that?

  19. cfeeley52 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:14 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Dec 9, 2013 3:33 PM
    So… “ELITE” joe flacco gets dennis pitta back… and… he still struggles against the 30 ranked PASS Defense in the NFL.
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    When was the last time “Red Headed Squirt Gun” Dalton won a playoff game? Oh wait…
    These posts really will be effective if you wait til the Bengals knock someone out of the playoffs, but you obviously don’t have the confidence to wait so you’re getting your shots in now. I guess i don’t blame you…

  20. scoobies05 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    good to see you in good humor crown…i figured after the miami game you may have been too depressed. only 3 weeks to go on our bet. hope all is well bro

  21. ravenswhat says: Dec 9, 2013 8:09 PM

    Another Ravens article, another drrustbelt meltdown. We get that you’re scared of another playoff collapse. Trust me, we get it.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 9, 2013 8:37 PM

    Was definitely in bitter denial mode for a few moments my man, but I’ve come around. Good luck on your quest. Afcn pride at this point.

  23. scoobies05 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:16 PM

    very cool of you. afcn(except i dont think i could take drrustbelt if the bengals actually did something…know what i mean) all the way

  24. thewhitehorsegeneral says: Dec 10, 2013 1:20 AM

    *steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Six rings is what matters.

    Six of them.

    Who else can say that?*

    Well, your team has been in the NFL since 1933 and you didn’t win your first SB or championship until 1974. That was a very long time to build that championship team and well, that QB you had accounted for 4 of them. After the last one you Bradshaw was in charge of in 1979, you didn’t win another one until 2005.

    Conversely, the BALTIMORE COLTS got into the league in 1953, and then won back to back CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1958 and 1959, then won a SUPERBOWL in 1970, all with Unitas. Then the team was stolen away by the owner Jim Irsay in 1983 and the INDIANAPOLIS era began. It took Indy from 1983 to 2006 to win THEIR first Superbowl.

    Meanwhile Baltimore didn’t even have a team until 1996 and won ANOTHER SUPERBOWL in 2000, and then won yet ANOTHER SUPERBOWL in 2012.

    So Baltimore has 5 rings, Jack and without trying to talk smack, have a chance to go back, thanks to the Flacco and Pitta attack. Mmm…I am hungry, time to go get a snack.

  25. ravc82 says: Dec 10, 2013 6:01 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Dec 9, 2013 3:05 PM
    What’s remarkable is that he thinks it’s remarkable to play in this offense. Pitta probably also thinks his Didge Neon has remarkable handling.

    Serious note (as to not upset flaccodelic), I’m glad I’m making fun of him playing, rather than riding the IR.

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    Steelers knowing when to stay in bounds or out of bounds is what would really be remarkable…

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 10, 2013 10:09 AM

    My assessment of the strongest Afcn representative: Steelers, Ravens, Cin
    But since that order is near mathematically out, next man up.

  27. guitarkevin says: Dec 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    The Ravens running game and passing game just got WAY better.

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