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Pitta caught three passes for 30 yards on four targets in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers.

Pitta was outshined by No. 2 TE Owen Daniels, who posted a 5-28-2 receiving line on five targets, as the Ravens primarily operated out of two-TE sets. Pitta has 19 targets through two weeks, and he's been on the field for nearly every play, so he should still see plenty of looks, even with Daniels coming on strong. The bigger concern is red-zone targets, as Joe Flacco often looked Pitta's way on play-action passes at the goal line in past seasons. Thursday night, Flacco found Daniels on two such passes, with Pitta acting as a blocker on one of the plays.

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Pitta caught 10 passes for 83 yards on 15 targets in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

Pitta will have a big role in the offense, and may even lead the Ravens in targets this season, but Sunday's volume was an aberration, as Joe Flacco attempted 62 passes. It's perhaps a bit concerning that fellow tight end Owen Daniels had five targets, though Daniels and Pitta were typically on the field at the same time, with Pitta away from the formation.

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Pitta caught one pass for 16 yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

Pitta seems to be past the ankle injury he dealt with earlier this week, as he started and handled his usual role in the offense. While the offseason signing of Owen Daniels created some minor concern about Pitta's targets, the former Texan shouldn't be viewed as a real threat to Pitta.

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Pitta (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Pitta sat out Sunday's session after tweaking his hamstring over the weekend. Apparently, the issue was very minor, as Pitta is back on the practice field Monday. Following a season derailed by injury last year, Pitta will aim to remain healthy this time around, when new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak figures to feature tight ends consistently in Baltimore's attack.

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Pitta was held out of Sunday's practice after tweaking his hamstring, ESPN.com reports.

Pitta worked with the Ravens' trainers during practice to take care of what coach John Harbaugh described as, "a little tweak." Given that Pitta missed the first 12 games of last season with a hip injury, Baltimore is rightfully exercising caution with their prized pass-catcher. Although Pitta's issue isn't considered serious, it wouldn't be surprising if he took it easy in the coming days.

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Pitta caught one pass for 14 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers.

After losing most of last season to a major hip injury, Pitta appears to be 100 percent healthy. There's more competition for targets than at the end of last year, but offseason signing Owen Daniels is no real threat to Pitta's snap count. The Ravens may opt to make frequent use of two-tight end sets, but at this point in their respective careers, Pitta is the far more dangerous receiving threat.

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Dennis Pitta said his hip feels 100 percent as training camp opens.

Pitta did return for the final four games of last season, but lacked some agility and explosiveness as he came off a hip dislocation. Now 100 percent and a focal point of Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense, Pitta is a solid candidate to lead the Ravens in receptions. He's expected to play a "versatile role" in which he's "routinely" split out wide.

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Dennis Pitta is expected to be used all over the field in new OC Gary Kubiak's system.

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Dennis Pitta anticipates playing a major role in new OC Gary Kubiak's passing attack.

Pitta should be the 1A to Torrey Smith's 1B, just like Owen Daniels was for Andre Johnson in Kubiak's Houston offenses. "The system is set up for receivers to have big years and for tight ends to catch a lot of footballs," stated Pitta. "Owen has proven that over the years." Added Daniels, who's now a Raven: "We will [catch a lot of balls]. That's just the way this offense is built."

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The Ravens are expected to feature a lot of two-tight end sets this season.

The signing of Owen Daniels will not have a large impact on the production of Dennis Pitta, who was signed to a $32 million contract in February. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will make strong use both players via "12" formations, with the more athletic and speedy Pitta getting featured in the "move" role. He remains a strong candidate to lead the Ravens in catches.