Baltimore Ravens: 2018 will be the Renaissance of the tight end position
None of the tight ends need to be Pro Bowlers in 2018 to justify a resurgence at the position. If Maxx Williams, Hayden Hurst, and Mark Andrews can find a way to combine for 100 receptions and 10+ touchdowns, that’s already a huge win for the team. Anything more than that would be exceeding expectations.
The Baltimore Ravens offense, and Joe Flacco, are at their best when the tight end spot is flourishing. With three young guns in the guys we mentioned showing off their talent throughout training camp and a single game of preseason, maybe we have something to look forward to. We’ve seen what Williams is capable of when healthy, and we all know why the Ravens invested early picks in Hurst and Andrews. And while we haven’t hardly mentioned Nick Boyle, who could make an impact at the position in 2018 if he makes the final 53-man roster.
We can’t make insane assumptions after such a meaningless preseason game, but the investment, the talent, and the situation at hand presents us with a scenario in which this could ring true. The rest of the preseason will help to dictate just how much we will see the tight end’s involvement in the offense, but if it’s like anything we’ve seen throughout the Ravens history, it’s a safe assumption it’ll continue to be a large part of the team’s offense.
With the investments made recently, perhaps 2018 is finally the year everything pays off, and the tight end position once again takes high priority on the Ravens offense.