Crockett Gillmore has gone out and said that the Baltimore Ravens have the best group of tight ends in the NFL. And that may very well be true. Maxx Williams making a second-year leap and Dennis Pitta's potential return to form along with continued growth from Crockett Gillmore and the veteran savvy of Benjamin Watson might give the Ravens the best and deepest tight end stable in the NFL. But who will rise up and take the number one role?
The third-year tight end is a big target standing at 6-foot 6 and weighing in at 256 pounds. Gillmore knows how to use every bit of that muscle too, as he can bulldoze his way through opposing defenders as a pass-catcher and he stands his ground as a pass protector and run blocker. If Gillmore builds off of his 2015 season, the starting job will continue to be his.
As a rookie, Maxx Williams set a new Ravens rookie record with 32 receptions for 268 yards and a touchdown. The 2015 draftee has spent the offseason working on gaining muscle and that could just help him take the starting job and have a breakout season in 2016.
The 13 season veteran brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team. That experience and savvy can make Watson a valuable weapon for Joe Flacco on third downs and in the red zone, which can make Watson the starter.
All reports from OTA's and mandatory minicamps say that the seventh-year tight end looks like his old self. If Dennis Pitta can continue to stay healthy and keep looking like himself when the pads come on in training camp and preseason, he might just win the starting job and build off of his 2012 season.
The Ravens have four tight ends that will play a significant role in the offense, but only one of them can be the top guy. Who will it be?