Dennis Pitta is more like LeBron James than everyone might think. No, he’s not the best player in the league. He’s not even the best at his position – but it’s hard to pin either of them into just one position. That’s the rub. That’s where the similarity lies.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Pitta lined up all over the field during OTAs. In Gary Kubiak’s offensive system, Pitta will be used as a split and wide receiver. He’ll be used in the backfield. Oh yeah, and as a tight end, too. After missing 12 games with a hip location. He finished the 2013 season with 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
His five-year, $32 million dollar deal speaks to the team’s investment in the veteran offensive weapon.
“I have done a lot of different things in this offense already,” Pitta said to the Sun during the Baltimore Ravens’ final minicamp. “I would assume that would continue to increase, but I’m trying to get down the basics still right now and trying to be effective at some of our basic plays, and hopefully, I can get in a position where I can play a variety of positions.”
To get some offensive attention, Pitta may have to be able to play more than one position well. Recent signee Owen Daniels will complement Pitta at tight end. The Ravens also seem as though they may have generated some depth at wide receiver by signing Steve Smith.
On the depth chart, he’ll be the starting tight end. On the field, he’d like to be everywhere — hopefully with the ball in his hands.