Re: Woulda, shoulda coulda...
posted at 6/28/2013 6:13 PM EDT
Pitta isn't as talented as Hernandez, but in the long run Newsome may get more value from his pick than Belichick will get from his.
From Yahoo Sports . . .
Pitta is one of the Ravens' most efficient receiving options, having caught just under two-thirds of the balls thrown his way in 2012. Considering that Joe Flacco completed less than 60 percent of his passes, Pitta's efficiency rate is that much more impressive.
Part of Pitta's excellent catch rate has to do with the way the Ravens use him. He is used most frequently on short routes, both from the slot and lined up as a tight end. On third downs especially, Pitta often makes the tough, short catches in traffic that take advantage of his sure hands.
In fact, Pitta has some of the surest hands in the NFL. Pitta's drop rate of 4.69 percent ranked third among tight ends targeted at least 75 times, just behind Jacob Tamme and the legendary Tony Gonzalez. Having a sure-handed safety valve like Pitta is crucial for a deep passing team like the Ravens. When nothing is open downfield, Pitta is always available and ready to make a play as a secondary option, even when well-covered.
Pitta is so much more than just an outlet receiver, as his contributions to the deep passing game are often overlooked. Pitta's sneaky speed allows him to punish defenses that don't account for him, and the Ravens weren't afraid to push the ball to him down the field. Pitta's 11 deep targets were tied for fourth among all tight ends.
As one of the Ravens' best third down targets and a player who can make an impact in so many ways in the passing game, Pitta has to be a priority for the Ravens. Flacco relies on him, and that will be even more evident without Anquan Boldin.