The durability of Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore remains a question mark for the Ravens as they evaluate their roster.
Due to injury, Gillmore never got on the field after Week 7 last year. After playing 15 games as a rookie in 2014, Gillmore has played just 17 of 32 games since.
Appearing on SiriusXM Radio as a guest of Alex Marvez of Sporting News, Gillmore said he suffered a “broken back” and tore his hamstring in two places last season, but hopes for better health in 2017.
.@Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore hopes 4 better health in '17. Suffered "broken back," shoulder surgeries & tore hamstring in 2 different spots— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 1, 2017
Considering Gillmore’s recent history and other injuries at the tight end position, the possibility of the Ravens drafting another tight end cannot be ruled out.
The Ravens have depth at tight end, but injury issues. Maxx Williams is recovering from major knee surgery. Ben Watson is recovering from a torn Achilles that forced him to miss the entire 2016 season. And despite Dennis Pitta’s comeback season in 2016, the fact that Pitta has already had two major hip surgeries cannot be ignored.
Gillmore, who is signed through next season, may be the Ravens’ best blocking tight end, and he is tough to bring down after catching the football. However, his physical playing style has taken a toll on his body. For Gillmore to have a long-term future in Baltimore, getting healthy and staying healthy will be major priorities for him in 2017.
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