3. Get ready for more Nick Boyle:
The Ravens already love to utilize Nick Boyle in their offense and he’s probably the biggest winner of this trade. Boyle, who is one of the best blocking tight ends, had an increase in involvement in the passing game in Baltimore’s new offense. He had 31 receptions last year and finally scored his first NFL touchdown. Boyle went from being one of three tight ends to being a prominent number two option at the position.
Before trading Hurst, it was unthinkable that Baltimore could add another tight end. It’s back on the table, especially in the back half of the NFL Draft. One way or another, Boyle will continue to have an important place in this offense. The purple and black threw the ball to the tight end position more than any other team in the NFL last year. With that in mind, and Boyle’s proficiency as a blocker, get ready to see even more snaps for Boyle. There won’t be a second tight end in the entire NFL who is asked to do more than Boyle.
It’s important to remember that Boyle is coming off the best year of his career. He’s only 27 years old and he’s in the perfect offense for what he brings to the table. With Hurst out of the picture, it wouldn’t be shocking if Boyle became a tight end who could give you 40-50 receptions. It wouldn’t be that big of a jump. The set of players may change a bit yet the main ideas of Greg Roman’s offense is going to stay in place. DeCosta would have never made this trade if he didn’t have a player like Boyle to pair with Mark Andrews.