Dennis Pitta Working Out at Baltimore Ravens Offseason Program, Future Still Uncertain
Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) was hurt on this play against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Some good news has come out of the start of the Baltimore Ravens offseason workout program, though it comes with a bit of a caveat. Tight end Dennis Pitta was spotted lifting weights at the Ravens’ facility via a video posted at the team’s official site. Any participation out of Pitta is welcome news as we await word that he can continue his playing career following two seasons ended abruptly by hip surgeries.
While this is obviously great news, the Ravens still don’t know if Dennis Pitta will be able to continue his playing career and do not expect to know until sometime this summer. Owner Steve Bisciotti has previously told the media that he is “praying” that Pitta comes back.
The Ravens let last year’s starter Owen Daniels walk in free agency, so they are left with 2014 third round draft pick Crockett Gillmore as the current presumptive starter at tight end if Pitta can’t return. Gillmore and recent exclusive rights free agent signee Phillip Supernaw have a combined one career start between them.
The Ravens are fully expected to use a draft pick on a tight end at some point next week, no matter what happens with Dennis Pitta. There are also a few veteran options, including Zach Miller, still left on the free agent market.
Pitta, now 30 years old, is still a big question mark, but his presence at these voluntary workouts can only be seen as a positive sign for the future. The Ravens can only hope that he can hold up physically and reclaim his title as one of the NFL’s best tight ends in 2015.
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