2019 Baltimore Ravens: 3 goals for Nick Boyle
2. Have 35 receptions:
What’s the point of setting a goal? It should be to stretch your limits as much as realistically possible. 35 receptions isn’t a ton of receptions for most tight ends, but it would be an awesome accomplishment for Boyle. Boyle’s busiest season as a pass catcher was 2017 when he had 28 receptions for just over 200 yards. He has 75 grabs in his career and he averages over eight yards per reception. He’s capable of being a receiving weapon in the short passing game, it’s just not the primary reason he has a job.
In Roman’s offense Boyle is going to be on the field a lot. He’s going to get enough snaps to make 35 receptions possible. Even if he just extends his season high to 30 catches, it’s a win for him. Targeting Boyle does two positive things. First, it gives the defense reason to account for him in the passing game. If they know he’s not going to make an impact as a receiving tight end, that helps the defensive coordinator determine what he’s going to call.
Secondly, it allows Boyle to get his hands on the ball. He deserves some cheers that are specifically for him and having him out there to only block is wasting a possible option in the passing game.
One thing that could be incredibly effective with Boyle is the tight end pop pass. Boyle could begin the play as a blocker, disengage and receive a pass. This and tight end screens could help puff up Boyle’s stats while adding an extra wrinkle in the offense. It’s a win for everybody.