Gillmore (shoulder) said he wants to have an every-down role next season, BaltimoreRavens.com reports. Coming off an injury-marred campaign and multiple offseason shoulder surgeries, Gillmore faces a difficult path to the top of a crowded Baltimore depth chart. However, he did serve as the team's primary tight end for most of 2015, and it's possible the Ravens will ultimately release one or both of Dennis Pitta and Ben Watson (Achilles). The more likely scenario still has Gillmore serving as part of a committee in the final year of his rookie contract. Furthemore, he'll have to successfully rehab his problematic shoulders before a realistic assessment of his role can be conducted.
Gillmore is recovering from multiple shoulder surgeries this offseason, Alex Marvez of Sporting News NFL reports. Gillmore's window of opportunity during the 2016 season became as open as it has ever been after Ben Watson went down to injury. Unfortunately for Gillmore, he was unable to avoid a plethora of ailments himself. In just one season, the 25-year-old managed to endure a broken back and torn hamstring on top of two shoulder surgeries. Given his long history of injuries, there's a chance that even the smallest of setbacks in 2017 could end his time in Baltimore.
Gillmore caught eight of 14 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown over seven games in 2016. Gillmore's season was largely wiped out due to injury for the second-consecutive year in 2016. He suffered a thigh injury against the Jets in Week 7 and never took the field for the remainder of the season. Entering the season, Nick Boyle's suspension coupled with Ben Watson's (Achilles) injury opened a clearer path to playing time for Gillmore than many had expected, but he never became a major factor in the passing attack even when healthy as he never saw more than four targets in any game. Although Gillmore has shown flashes of potential in the past, his inability to stay on the field has driven his fantasy stock in the wrong direction. Furthermore, Baltimore has a very crowded tight end group entering 2017 with veterans Dennis Pitta and Watson both under contract in addition to the likes of Darren Waller and former second-round pick Maxx Williams. Gillmore is signed through 2017, but his future with the team is somewhat clouded due to the team's depth and contractual obligations at tight end.
Gillmore is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Gillmore wasn't on the Ravens' Week 16 injury report after practicing fully all week, but he'll remained sidelined Sunday, while Dennis Pitta, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle handle the team's TE duties against the Steelers.
Gillmore (thigh) is not listed on the Ravens' injury report Wednesday. After being inactive for seven consecutive games due to a thigh injury, it appears that Gillmore is healthy and fully participating in practice. He returned to practice in the lead-up to Week 15 before being listed as inactive, so he has been making progress for over a week at this point. If Gillmore does play Sunday against the Steelers, he could have a reduced role compared to what he had earlier in the season due to the ascensions of Darren Waller and Nick Boyle at tight end.
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