In each installment of this series, we will take a look at a Baltimore Ravens position group and review it in preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Coming up next in this series will be the Ravens tight end and fullback groups.
Check out the other Ravens position group recaps. Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End and Fullback | Offensive Line | Defensive Line | Linebacker | Cornerback | Safety | Special Teams
Ravens Tight End and Fullback Groups: The Players
Mark Andrews 6’5″, 256 pounds, 15 games, Tight End
2019 stats- 98 targets, 64 receptions, 852 yards, 13.3 yards per catch, 65.3% catch percentage, 10 touchdowns.
Nick Boyle 6’4″, 270 pounds, 16 games, Tight End
2019 stats– 43 targets, 31 receptions, 321 yards, 10.4 yards per catch, 72.1% catch percentage, 2 touchdowns.
Charles Scarff 6’5″, 249 pounds, Zero games, Tight End
2019 stats– Spent the entire year on the Ravens Practice Squad.
Patrick Ricard 6’3″, 311 pounds, 16 games, Fullback
2019 stats– 11 targets, eight receptions, 47 yards, 5.9 yards per catch, 72.7% catch percentage, one touchdown, no rushing attempts.
Mark Andrews is the unquestioned leader of this group. The Ravens showed they have extreme confidence in Andrews going forward by shipping fellow 2018 draftee Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons this offseason. Quickly developing into a dynamic receiving threat at the tight end position, Andrews led all pass catchers on the team in yards and touchdowns. Lamar Jackson targeted Andrews often, showcasing a special bond these two have developed since their professional careers began together in 2018. A third-round pick, Andrews has exceeded many fan’s expectations and will look to build upon an enticing start to his career.
Nick Boyle has made a name for himself as a punishing blocking tight end. Due to this, Boyle is a perfect fit in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense. Boyle primarily operates as an extra blocker for the offensive line most of the time he is on the field. Although he lacks the speed to become a real receiving threat, Boyle does have soft hands and can run a reliable route. Charles Scarff was an undrafted free agent addition in 2019. Scarff spent the entire season on the Ravens practice squad but showed potential during the 2019 preseason.
Patrick Ricard is an intriguing talent for the Ravens. He is a three-way player, serving as the team’s fullback, getting snaps on the defensive line, and playing on special teams. He can catch, run, score touchdowns, block, tackle, force fumbles, and get sacks. Ricard is exactly the type of player the Ravens love to have. With Ricard signing an extension during the 2019 season, Ravens fans can rest easy knowing the jack-of-all-trades will be giving it his all for the Ravens every week for at least the next two seasons.
Tight end is a tricky position to predict for the Ravens. Historically they have used tight ends heavily in their offense. More recently, they have begun using two to three tight ends in rotation throughout the year instead of relying heavily on one guy. The departure of Hurst should open up the Ravens to taking a tight end at some point with their nine picks.
This position certainly isn’t a huge need, but it is one they will likely address. Unless the Ravens’ best player available is a tight end when they are on the clock in the early rounds, you shouldn’t expect the Ravens to select a tight end until late in the draft. Look for the Ravens to add someone to the tight end room in the fourth round or later. A popular later round selection that has been mocked to the Ravens often is Thaddeus Moss. The son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, Thaddeus, would fit in perfectly with his excellent blocking skills and football pedigree.
Needless to say, the Ravens are set at fullback. Ricard is already one of the top fullbacks in the league and is not expected to go to another team anytime soon. It would be a shock if the Ravens used any of their picks on a fullback. Look for the Ravens to add an undrafted fullback just for some camp competition.
Ravens Tight End and Fullback Group Grade
Overall Grade: A
The Ravens tight end group is phenomenal. They possess one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL in Boyle. They also have one of the top young receiving tight ends in Andrews, who is quickly becoming a household name. In 2019, this group combined for almost as many touchdowns and more yards than their wide receiver counterparts. A massive feature in the Ravens run-heavy approach, the Ravens tight end group would have had an A++ grade if not for the Hurst trade. With Andrews looking to take another step further, and Boyle blocking better than ever, this group has a lot of potential in 2020. With another piece almost assuredly getting added at some point this offseason, fans should be delighted with how the Ravens’ front office has approached this position lately.
The Ravens boast one of the best fullbacks in the league in Patrick Ricard. A true three-way player, Ricard delivers punishing blocks on offense, as well as earns playing time along the defensive line and on special teams for the Ravens. With many teams not employing a traditional fullback anymore, the Ravens have found a way to get the most out of Ricard, justifying his roster spot and extension.
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