The Baltimore Ravens made their roster cuts on Tuesday and then built most of their practice squad on Wednesday before they signed the final 16th member of the PS on Thursday by adding a former Carolina Panthers defensive lineman.
Most of the transactions have already been completed, including moving players to Injured Reserve, and Baltimore chose to ultimately carry six wide receivers and three tight ends into the 2023 regular season.
With the dust now settled, here's a breakdown of the starters and depth members of the Tight Ends unit of the Baltimore Ravens for the 2023 season.
Ravens TE Depth Chart
Starter: Mark Andrews
Any question about this? Mark Andrews is second to only Travis Kelce in the tight-end tiers of the NFL entering the 2023 season and that's only because Kelce plays under a certain Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.
The only knock on Andrews' resume is probably his lack of availability, to an extent, considering he's missed ample time through his career by suffering and dealing with different injuries.
Just last year, he appeared in 15 games and although he logged a monster 936 snaps in 2021 as he became both a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in the same season, he did that after missing the 600-snap mark in his first three NFL seasons.
Andrews can be considered the no. 1 player on the pass-catching unit for the 2023 Ravens and his rapport with QB Lamar Jackson can't be better. He's adept at hauling in receptions, cannot miss a grab, serves as Lamar's safety valve, and is only getting into his prime playing at age-28 next season.
Depth: Isaiah Likely, Charlie Kolar, Travis Vokolek (PS)
The Ravens were never going to carry four tight ends into the season so they had to decide between second-year man Charlie Kolar and rookie Travis Vokolek. They chose the veteran instead of the freshman, risking losing Vokolek through waivers, but the rookie made it out of them unscathed and is now a member of the practice squad.
More import for the short-term future of Baltimore and the aspirations of the franchise for this season (read: lifting that chip) is the presence of Isaiah Likely in the rotation ans the TE2 of the squad clearly above Charlie Kolar.
Likely explored a couple of times in 2023 and even in limited time and a secondary role he still was able to put up numbers while boasting great contested-catch rates and providing Lamar with a reasonably good option (for a tight end) on deep passes.