Ravens: 3 sleeper players who could make noise at training camp

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Ravens, Josh Oliver
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1. Josh Oliver, TE, Ravens

The battle for the No. 3 tight end job promises to be one of the more intriguing roster battles in training camp. And the early favorite for the job appears to be Josh Oliver.

A third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Ravens acquired Oliver in a trade this past March in exchange for a future conditional seventh-round pick.

So they essentially got him for free.

Oliver showed promise at San Jose State and was considered one of the better tight ends in his draft class, but injuries have decimated his NFL career to his point.

Now healthy, Oliver looked like a potential playmaker this spring.

With Nick Boyle still out, Oliver received plenty of reps with both the first-team and second-team offense, and he made the most of his opportunities.

Oliver was one of the standouts from spring practices and he could secure a roster spot with an equally impressive summer. Fortunately, his path to the roster is more straightforward than the other two on this list.

Oliver will be competing with the likes of Eric Tomlinson, Eli Wolf, Jacob Breeland, and Tony Poljan for the third-string tight end job, and he clearly has the early edge.

Even so, the Ravens like to keep around plenty of tight ends so Oliver should have a role, provided he doesn’t disappoint.

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The team wants to see his blocking skills in action after he impressed during padless workouts. But if he passes the test, Josh Oliver should be able to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.