Periodically between now and the start of training camp, I’ll reset the Ravens’ depth chart following the draft and their other offseason moves. Here’s a look at tight end.
On the roster: Nick Boyle, Crockett Gillmore, Dennis Pitta, Allen Reisner, Konrad Reuland, Maxx Williams
Likely to make the 53: Boyle, Gillmore, Williams
Battling for a job: Pitta, Reisner, Reuland
Analysis: If he’s healthy enough to play, Pitta is a lock to make the 53. However, Pitta’s status remains a major question mark after his second major hip surgery. Even if he doesn’t play this season, Pitta will be placed on the physically unable to perform list.
That would leave Williams, Gillmore, and Boyle to handle the tight end duties. Williams is the best pass-catching tight end on the roster and figures to play a major role as a rookie. That’s why the Ravens traded up to get him in the second round. Expect Williams to get a crash course in the Ravens’ offense all summer, catching plenty of footballs from Joe Flacco before, during, and after practices. The Ravens hope Williams becomes what Owen Daniels was last season – a reliable target in key situations. If Williams is as good as advertised, then Gillmore and Boyle can be primarily blocking tight ends. If Williams struggles or suffers an injury, the Ravens may use more three-wide sets and fewer two tight-end sets.
Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, as does new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. That’s why Williams’ development is key. The quicker he makes an impact, the better the Ravens' offense.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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