The 2016 season for the Ravens involves a much healthier squad, but the tight end position lost two players since preseason. Ben Watson tore his Achilles, and Maxx Williams landed on injured reserve due to his knee/cartilage issues. Good news for Baltimore, one tight end is returning from suspension.
Darren Waller, the 6’ 6’’ 255 lb athlete is back after a four game suspension. Through training camp Waller looked fantastic, connecting with Joe Flacco on many occasions. His red zone drills involved out-jumping and burning even Jimmy Smith, on back-to-back plays. Undoubtedly his athleticism is on par for tops on the team, with such a big and long frame combined with good speed and body control to haul in the tough catches.
With Waller’s activation he could be seen tomorrow against Washington, though he’s fighting for snaps against both Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore. Last week saw very little of Dennis, as Crockett played many snaps in attempt to help chip or block the Raiders pass rush.
If Waller is capable of playing there is no doubt the Ravens will find a way to get him worked in. Training camp was filled with Waller going to all spots for help, from tight end to receiving drills and also everywhere on special teams scenarios. Expect him to be involved in the coming weeks.