Pitta comes off a season in which he set career highs in receptions (61), yards (669) and touchdowns (seven) for the Super Bowl champions. The fourth-year pro made a tangible impact during the playoffs, finishing with 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in four victories.
"Obviously he has been a very, very productive guy for us, and he's made a lot of big plays around here," Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell told the team's official website before Pitta was deemed out for the season. "We'll see what happens. Somebody is going to have to step up, and we do have some capable guys all across the flanks."
Some of those "capable guys" include Ed Dickson, who along with a combination of Alex Silvestro, Matt Furstenburg and Billy Bajema will be asked to pick up the slack in Pitta's absence. What's tricky here is the lost chemistry that Pitta has built with quarterback Joe Flacco. They were one and the same during late-season contests in 2012.