The season is over, the combine is next week, and soon after that, the Ravens will be making moves to get ready for the 2016 season. The top brass has plans on who should be kept and who should be cut. I have been giving a position-by-position look at the Ravens roster and gave my opinion on who should stay and who should go. Today, we look at the Ravens tight ends.
Note: Kyle Juszczyk is listed as a FB, but seeing as he literally has 20 times as many receptions as he does rushing attempts, I'm counting him as a TE/H-Back
The tight end duo of Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams, offered Joe a pair of big-bodied receivers that were reliable, with the trio only having one drop all season. They are also all physical blockers and PFF had both of them ranked as top 15 players at their position. With another year to learn the NFL playbook and get stronger, they should only get better. Seeing as they are on their rookie contracts, they are guarantees to return in 2016.
Juszczyk is also a good receiver for the Ravens and he's been one of the best run blockers in the league. His rookie contract will also make sure that he returns to the Ravens in 2016 and seeing as his third season just ended, it might be a good time to start extension talks.
Nick Boyle had a promising rookie season, but with him getting a 10 game suspension, his NFL career is in danger. As a result, Chase Ford, Allen Reisner, Harold Spears, and Konrad Reuland will have a chance to compete for the #3 spot, even if it is only for 10 games.
It's also doubtful that the Ravens will keep Dennis Pitta on their 2016 roster after pretty much spending 2015 with the plan of putting him on IR and cutting him after the season.
Kyle Juszczyk, Crockett Gillmore, and Maxx Williams will make the roster in 2016. The only business question is whether the Ravens choose to extend Juszczyk or wait until 2017. With Nick Boyle getting suspended, the #3 spot is suddenly open competition.