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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