BYU football: Dennis Pitta hoping to catch on with NFL's Ravens
"We're doing a lot of things, and even if he's not sure about everything, he's really calm in what he's doing," Harman continued. "The other thing is he's catching the ball really well. He's got great hands. I think he was the reception leader at BYU, and it's very evident why. If you throw the ball near him, he's going to bring it down."
Still, getting onto the field may be a challenge for Pitta when the Ravens open the preseason Aug. 12 at Carolina. Todd Heap, an Arizona State product with 10 years of NFL experience, is the veteran tight end for the Ravens, and the team also picked tight end Ed Dickson in the third round out of the University of Oregon. Davon Drew, a tight end from East Carolina, is also on the roster.
"Todd Heap is our tight end," Harbaugh told reporters after the draft. "We expect a great year from Todd Heap."
What chance does Pitta have for playing time?
"I don't know. It is real early. There is a lot to prove," Pitta said. "I am going to do what I can to show my abilities. I am going to compete and do everything I can to get a spot."
Pitta felt his draft stock dropped due to his age. He is 24 and spent two years on an LDS mission in the Dominican Republic during the 2005-06 seasons.
"I am fortunate to be a Raven now," he said. "I feel I am in a great situation. Hopefully I can make the best of this situation. I have great coaches around me."
David Driver is a free-lance writer in Maryland. He can be reached through his website at www.davidsdriver.com
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