Going back a few seasons, the Baltimore Ravens tight end group has been one that looks great on paper, but for whatever reason hasn’t lived up to the hype during the regular season. Injuries, poor quarterback play, and just about anything that you could think of seemed to derail any serious promise shown by the tight ends on the team, but against Miami on Thursday night, a few players at the position gave fans a reason to get excited.
It started with Benjamin Watson, who made his first catch as a Raven on a third down conversion early in the game. What followed was consistent playmaking from various other teammates. Maxx Williams and Larry Donnell especially flashed, with each making a few different impressive plays.
Williams, a former second round pick, showed some serious athleticism and physicality on two different first down conversions with one going deep into Dolphin territory in heavy traffic.
It’s way too early about to get worked up about Williams making plays in a preseason game, but it sure is nice to see a promising player actually deliver in a live situation.
Donnell did a nice job creating after the play to get open for Ryan Mallett in the endzone.
Larry also ran a good route to get open for Josh Woodrum on a two point conversion.
And the 2-Pt conversion is good for Woodrum pic.twitter.com/dY2rktUNy5— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) August 18, 2017
There was little buzz surrounding Donnell, who was a recent signing, going into this game; if he keeps this up, he certainly should be considered to make the final 53.
While it’s just an exhibition contest, it’s nice to see what’s been something of a problem position for Baltimore show some production in August. Let’s hope it carries over into September and the coming months.