For a team that is 0-2, it is hard to see the positives. Especially for a team that many thought could/should be 2-0 right now.
When looking for a bright spot from yesterday's game, look no further than second year tight end Crockett Gillmore. Gillmore had a career game against the Raiders, recording five receptions on six targets for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
With the loss of Dennis Pitta to begin the season, Gillmore knew he had to step up his play. After having a sub-par week 1, Gillmore played exceptionally well against Oakland. The two touchdowns were more than what Gillmore recorded all of last season.
Gillmore recorded touchdown receptions of 26 and 9 yards respectively, as well as another 38 yard reception.
Some thought that Gillmore might have the number one spot taken from him by Maxx Williams after the Ravens traded up in the second round, but performances like this one will solidify his spot moving forward.
"Crockett’s big for us down in the red zone," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "We give him the ball and let them try to tackle. They’re having a tough time tackling him now, so he’s going to be a big red zone target."
The Oakland defense struggled tackling Gillmore, as he dragged three Raiders defenders into the end zone with him on his second touchdown reception.
Hopefully Gillmore can continue growing to become a valuable red-zone target for an offense that seems to be in disarray at times. He has the measurables and skills necessary to succeed in this role, and we can hope that performances like the one in Oakland Sunday afternoon can be a strong launching point for the young tight end.
This could be a breakout year for Gillmore. However, he will have to maintain consistent efforts like this one for that to occur.