Ideally, the Ravens would like to have two tight ends in the offense when they go to a power running game, but it’s hard to find even one starter among the six tight ends on the roster.
Because of injuries the Ravens rotated as many as seven tight ends throughout a three-day minicamp last week even though just two were available for most practices. When asked about the injuries, position coach Greg Roman, who is also the running game coordinator, implied it was a position by committee.
“These guys are great guys and really good football players,” Roman said. “I think they bring different, unique skill sets, each one of them. I think we will be able to deploy them in a variety of ways because of that. They are tough, they are smart and competitive guys.”
Translation: Roman doesn’t know how this is going to play out, either. It’s like that old saying about playing two quarterbacks. “If you are playing two that means you really don’t have one.”
The Ravens don’t have a bona fide, consistent, every down tight end. Even before Dennis Pitta suffered another hip injury there were questions about this unit.
They can’t stay healthy. Ben Watson has to prove he has fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Maxx Williams had offseason knee surgery and Crockett Gillmore tweaked a hamstring last week. Darren Waller has an injury that coach John Harbaugh never clarified leaving the Ravens basically with Nick Boyle.
And Boyle is one drug test away from being suspended for two years because he has failed two others…
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