With the suspension of rookie tight end Nick Boyle for the final four games of the 2015 NFL season, the Ravens found themselves in a pickle. Their two starting tight ends are both injured, with Maxx Williams having a concussion and missing the week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile starter Crockett Gillmore would be injured in the middle of the game and not finish.
As expected, the Ravens have brought in two tight ends to the 53-man roster to help out in case Gillmore and Williams are not able to suit up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, according to Baltimore Ravens Garrett Downing.
Konrad Reuland was promoted from the practice squad after having been on and off of the Ravens practice squad for the last two years. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned Rueland as the obvious choice on Monday when asked about the health of his starting tight ends.
He has been practicing with us pretty much all year – knows what we are doing – and he can play the position.
In addition to Reuland, the Ravens have signed tight end Richard Gordon to the 53-man roster. A former sixth-round pick for the Oakland Raiders, Gordon was released from the Denver Broncos on December 1st after being on and off the team several times throughout the 2015 NFL season.
Gordon is a big bodied wide receiver that comes from a similar scheme as the Ravens run, since he spent time with former Ravens offensive coordinator and current Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak this season. At 6-foot-4, 268-pounds, Gordon has the physical build to line up and be an extra blocker that the Ravens will need with a severely injured offensive line. His 4.66 second 40-yard dash time though should allow him to create a mismatch up the field if the Ravens were to use him in that fashion.
In order to fill the open practice squad spot, the Ravens have signed tight end Harold Spears to the practice squad. Spears is an undrafted rookie out of New Hampshire and spent time with the Seattle Seahawks this preseason, the team the Ravens will be facing off against on Sunday.
Even though the Ravens have made these moves, head coach John Harbaugh is optimistic that both of his starters will be available on Sunday.
I think Maxx and Crockett both have a really good chance to play. We’ll see how that goes.