Crockett Gillmore is one tough player. He dislocated and tore the labrum in his shoulder after catching a pass in the 4th quarter of the Ravens Week 1 loss to the Broncos, but returned to finish the game. Crockett then played in the next nine games, then tore the labrum in his other shoulder in Week 8 and finally went on injured reserve after being speared in the back against the Rams in Week 11.
Gillmore underwent surgery to repair one of his shoulders in March and decided against surgery on the other shoulder this offseason after consulting with team doctors. A few months after the surgery, Crockett was already back on the field for the Ravens' organized team activities in May. He did not participate in full team drills, but ran routes and worked with coaches off on the sideline.
Crockett is raring to go. "If it was up to me, I'd already be doing everything. I should be back for training camp for sure. We're going to push it and see if I can go for minicamp. My timeline and their timeline are a little different...," announced Gillmore.
The news that Gillmore will be a full go by training camp at the latest is unexpected and will make tight end the strongest position on the roster. He will join veteran acquisition Benjamin Watson, a rejuvenated Dennis Pitta and a developing Maxx Williams as the leading players at Ozzie Newsome's former position. Converted receiver Darren Waller and Nick Boyle, who is suspended for the first ten games of the season, will also be competing for tight end reps in August.