Nick Boyle's season ended when the NFL gave him a four game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing supplement clause. It's unfortunate because a) the Ravens lost one of their best weapons and b) it ended a pretty good rookie season that was getting a lot of positive accolades from Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus released a list of their eight late round/ undrafted rookies who have been outperforming their draft position. Boyle comes in at sixth on their list, with a grade of 77.7, and it's clear that PFF is high on the rookie tight end.
Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Maxx Williams was drafted with more fanfare in Round 2, but Boyle has actually marginally outperformed the 2015 draft’s first selected tight end to this point. His +4.4 overall grade is the best of all rookie tight ends. Between Boyle and Williams, neither Baltimore rookie has dropped a pass.
Drafted in the 5th round with the 171st overall pick, the Ravens expected him to be a potential practice squad player or extra blocker if he did make the final 53-man roster. Instead, the rookie showed that he could catch just as well as he could take on defensive linemen, something that has come as a surprise to pretty much everyone.
In the 11 games that Boyle saw action in, he caught 18 passes for 153 yards, and more importantly, 10 first downs. The Ravens three tight ends in Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore, and Nick Boyle were rated as three of the best tight ends in the entire league with Boyle's +4.4 overall grade is the best out of any rookie tight end.
Boyle's season might be over right now, but next year he'll be looking to get bette. He'll be able to join Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Kamar Aiken, and Breshad Perriman as Joe Flacco's targets on what we all hope will be one of the best passing offenses in the NFL.