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Baltimore Ravens waive TE Crockett Gillmore, make room for OT Austin Howard

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The Baltimore Ravens have dealt with some serious issues at the tight end position over the past several months, but it appears the drama surrounding one of the players, Crockett Gillmore, has come to an end.

While the move was made to clear space for new signing Austin Howard, this is a highly disappointing end to Gillmore’s run with the team; the young pass-catcher flashed promise throughout his three years in Baltimore. The former third round pick from Colorado State was a physical specimen with nice hands and good ability in the red-zone, but unfortunately was rarely able to showcase it.

One of the knocks on him when he was coming out of college was an inability to stay healthy, and this began to seriously rear its ugly head the more that Gillmore became involved in the offense. He ended the 2015 season on injured reserve, saw very limited action in 2016 after another injury slowed him down, and recently was declared out for the year after a knee issue flared up during training camp.

With the Ravens waiving Crockett, he goes to the waiver wire. If no other team picks him up, he reverts to the injured reserve. He will no longer count against the 90-man roster.

It will be interesting to see if another team takes him with a waiver. He’s on the final year of his rookie contract and is out for the season. If another team does pick up Gillmore, they’ll need a plan of action as his contract expires at league years end.

The Ravens will now have to seriously count on Benjamin Watson, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. The less than ideal start to 2017 continues for the purple and black, and will officially kick off against Washington next Thursday. Here’s to hoping no more players are injured until then.