As many of you have already heard, Baltimore Ravens tight end/receiver Darren Waller is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL regular season by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Are the Ravens disappointed in Waller? Absolutely. Are members of the Ravens organization crying themselves to sleep about it? I highly doubt it.
Let's cut to the chase. The Ravens already had a logjam at tight end with Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Benjamin Watson all being locks to make the team in 2016. Waller finds himself sitting out several games like his fellow tight end teammate Nick Boyle who is suspended for first 10 games of the 2016 NFL regular season for violating NFL policy in his own right.
When you look at the wide receiver position, Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and Chris Moore are all locks to make the team next season. That's not even counting Jeremy Butler (who I think will make the roster) and Michael Campanaro along with Keenan Reynolds.
When you look at the reality of the situation, Waller was going to have a hard time making the team anyway. If the Ravens want to cut him due to his lack of judgment the Ravens certainly could do that and make an example out of him for the rest of the organization to see.
The Ravens have so much competition going on at wide receiver and at tight end to the point where any slip-up could doom a player more than usual. It remains to be seen what the Ravens will do with Waller, but it certainly doesn't look good for him at this point.