Everyone knows by now that the Baltimore Ravens are stacked with talent at the tight end position and Pro Football Focus confirms it by noting that the site has ranked Ravens tight end Nick Boyle as the top rated rookie at his position last season.
This is wonderful isn’t it? The Ravens drafted both tight ends in 2015 and look to have a bright future. Maxx Williams was selected in the second round and Boyle was selected in the fifth round. Boyle, despite his limited time on the field as a rookie playing in 11 games, certainly left an impression on Pro Football Focus as he had 18 receptions for 153 yards on the season.
Williams had 32 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown reception in the 14 games he played in. With Pro Football Focus, Both players are also being measured by their blocking capabilities, sure hands and by running the right routes against varying defensive coverages to name a few.
Everything looks pretty good for the Ravens until you remember Boyle is suspended for the first 10 weeks of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy performance enhancing substances. Boyle was already suspended for the final four games of the 2015 regular season for the same thing.
Boyle is on thin ice with not only the Ravens, but the NFL as he has been suspended twice in less than a year and if he gets suspended again, he could be gone for a year. Boyle, despite his talents, is already near the bottom of the tight end depth chart on the Ravens roster.
When you consider the fact that Williams will be factor, Dennis Pitta has returned from his hip injury, Crockett Gillmore is emerging as one of the best young tight ends in the game and a veteran in Ben Watson was acquired earlier in the offseason, Boyle obviously has little room for error and the Ravens organization will not put up with another suspension by him.
Boyle still has a chance to do big things in the NFL. All he has to do is stay out of trouble.