Ravens Should Convert Nick Boyle To Fullback
The Ravens lost Kyle Juszczyk in free agency; Nick Boyle is the closest thing to a replacement at the fullback position:
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the few teams that use a fullback in the NFL. They just lost the best fullback to free agency. To fill the fullback spot, they should look to a position they have plenty of talent at. Baltimore has a plethora of tight ends. There is one tight end that would work as a hybrid of an H-back and a fullback and that’s Nick Boyle.
Nick Boyle was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 season, which hurt his chances of contributing. Boyle has flashed some real talent as a receiving threat. With limited opportunities he has put up 24 receptions for 197 yards over the past two seasons. Boyle has size and decent speed.
Juszczyk was more than just a receiving fullback. He did it all for the Ravens. Boyle would have to adjust to the new position. That being said, it wouldn’t be the first time that a tight end was used as a fullback. In fact, it’s routinely done in the NFL.
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If the Ravens bring back Dennis Pitta, they still will have a crowd at the tight end position. Darren Waller showed some promise last year. Crockett Gillmore has a world of talent, injury is what has held him back.
The Ravens have a ton of needs on their roster. They need to sign players at other positions. They need to draft players at other positions too. Using Boyle as a fullback solves, a problem for the Ravens. Anything they can do to make their to do list smaller is a good thing. Boyle is a competent blocker, and a physical player. I think it could work.
The Bottom Line:
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Juszczyk isn’t replaceable. He is one of a kind. When the Ravens resume play though, they will need a fullback. The Ravens offense works better with two backs in the backfield and a balanced attack. Boyle could be a fill in at the fullback spot. The Ravens are going to miss Juszczyk but using Boyle in this new role will help.