Gillmore (shoulder/hamstring) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Gillmore spent the early part of the offseason recovering from multiple shoulder surgeries and then missed June minicamp due to a hamstring issue, according to Callie Caplan of The Baltimore Sun. He still saw his job prospects improve during that stretch, as Dennis Pita (hip) was injured and released and Darren Waller was suspended indefinitely. With 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams (knee) still rehabbing from major surgery and 36-year-old Ben Watson returning from a torn Achilles' tendon, Gillmore and Nick Boyle both have a shot at the starting job in what eventually figures to be a three- or four-way competition. Gillmore previously held that role back in 2015 when he started all 10 games he played and caught 33 of 47 targets for 412 yards (8.8 per target) and four touchdowns. Injuries have since derailed his career, and it's quite possible he'll be a part of a timeshare even if he's technically the starter.
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'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
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