This week’s unsung hero comes off his best game of the season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he hasn’t been getting much praise, though, since he’s the No. 2 tight end on the team.
Nick Boyle had a fantastic performance against the Eagles in Week 7, catching all three of his targets for 33 yards — all three of which were for first downs. Of course his first reception resulted in touchdown, too. Good things really do come in threes. Lamar Jackson had a near perfect passer rating when throwing to Boyle in this game, while he was also once again showcasing himself as one of the premier blocking tight ends in the NFL.
Boyle, at this point, has been put on more run blocking assignments than almost every other tight end in the league, and there is a very good reason for it. If you take a look at a piece I wrote earlier this week going over some of the offensive film, you’ll see Boyle in two of the plays set crucial blocks in plays that resulted in big gains for the Ravens.
All in all, Boyle showed in this game that he is capable of doing it all, playing more offensive snaps than Mark Andrews, Willie Snead IV, and any running back on the team,. He did so all while only being targeted three times. This is only the second game this season that Boyle has gotten more than one reception, and the second game in which he’s finished with double digit receiving yards.