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Countdown to Week 1: No. 86, TE Nick Boyle

Back-to-back tight ends grace the countdown

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

A couple days separated the two but the dynamic duo of Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle fall together consecutively in the countdown to Week 1. Day 86: Nick Boyle.

How Boyle Became a Raven

In 2015, the Ravens took a chance on their third-ever Blue Hen. The first Delaware product was QB Joe Flacco in 2008, followed by OL Gino Gradkowski in 2012. Then, there came Boyle, picked in the fifth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 171 overall).

Career as a Raven

For the past five years, Boyle’s contributed great value as a blocker and pass catcher. He’s known for sealing the edge on big run plays and also leaping over attempted tackles. The hurdling makes sense, too, seeing as the only way to take down the a player who stands 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. The only way to get him down is to take out his legs.

Last season, Ravens’ fans roared with cheers as Boyle crossed the goal line for his first-ever NFL touchdown. It made it all the more sweet for him to do so against the New England Patriots, too.

Willie Snead career stats

Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Willie Snead IV 73 242 2961 40.6 13 158

Contract info

On March 7, 2019, Boyle signed a three-year/$18 million contract extension, with $10 million guaranteed. His contract felt fair for both sides as Boyle earned a payday and the Ravens, with his help, set NFL rushing records behind his edge-setting and second-level blocks.

Outlook for 2020

Boyle will earn more attention in the passing game, I expect. He’s earned great respect for his blocking but the chain-moving catches he produces are important. I expect a similar but increased stat line from him in 2020, nearing 40-45 catches for 350+ yards and a few touchdowns. He’s in his prime years and the Ravens love the versatility of their tight ends.