OWINGS MILLS – As a rookie, Crockett Gillmore established himself as a solid blocking tight end. In his second season, Gillmore wants to establish himself as an all-around tight end.
“You’re not on the field for more than but two or three plays a series if you can only do one thing,” Gillmore said after a recent OTA practice. “So that’s really my whole focus this offseason.”
Gillmore is in competition with rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, and perhaps veteran Dennis Pitta, for playing time this season. Pitta is optimistic he can return from his second major hip surgery, but even if he can’t, the Ravens drafted Williams and Boyle to make sure they had depth at tight end.
Asked about his reaction to the Ravens drafting two tight ends, Gillmore said, “Welcome to the Ravens. That’s their job to come in here and help the team just like it was my job last year. We’re going to continue to do whatever we can to really push that position to be one of the best groups in the league.”
Listed at 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, Gillmore has gotten even stronger this offseason, feeling it will help him become a better player.
“It’s a little bit different training, but it’s something that I knew would help m,” Gillmore said. “In and out of breaks – the power to cut and really control you own body.”
As a rookie, Gillmore caught 10 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown. The Ravens already know Gillmore can block. But as a receiver, he wants the opportunity to do more.