Boyle was targeted just once Sunday, recording one reception for two yards in a win over the Broncos. Boyle saw his smallest workload of the season in the passing game despite playing over 50 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps. His lone reception came up just half a yard short of his first NFL touchdown. Boyle remains a staple in the Baltimore offense but is mostly utilized as a blocker. He'll face the Steelers on the road in Week 4.
Boyle caught two of four targets for 26 yards in Thursday's loss to the Bengals. The Ravens have filtered 24 targets to their three tight ends through two weeks, and Boyle has accounted for 10 of them. Boyle has turned those looks into five grabs for 66 yards while Mark Andrews and Maxx Williams have combined for 12 catches for 111 yards. Boyle's blocking ability helps him lead the position group in playing time, but Andrews and Williams are better pass catchers, which caps Boyle's target ceiling on weeks where all three are active.
Boyle brought in three of six targets for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills. The fourth-year tight end was the most heavily utilized player in his position group, seeing 68 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps. Boyle's six targets tied him for the team lead, but it's worth noting that three other players saw just as many targets. He'll remain as the No.1 tight end for as long as rookie first-rounder Hayden Hurst (foot) is sidelined.
Boyle is "solidified in his role" despite the Ravens taking two tight ends in the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. Baltimore already had a crowded tight end depth chart before the draft, but the additions of Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews complicate things further. Because the Ravens spent valuable draft capital -- a pair of top-100 picks -- on those two, it's clear the Ravens intend to incorporate both into the offense in short order. Fortunately for Boyle, it doesn't appear the rookie infusion will hurt his role much. Boyle is still a key cog in the run game as a blocker and was on the field for 66 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps in 2017. Hurst and Andrews may cut into his snaps and targets to an extent, but it doesn't seem his roster spot is in jeopardy, unlike that of 2015 second-rounder Maxx Williams.
Boyle recorded 28 receptions for 203 yards and no touchdowns on 37 targets over 15 games in 2017. Entering the year, Boyle had some buzz as a potential sleeper at tight end, considering his main competition at that position for targets was an aging Ben Watson coming off an Achilles injury. Boyle did play a significant role, seeing 64 percent of the offensive snaps to tie with Watson for second among Ravens skill position players; however, his primary duties were centered around blocking. He is a reasonably reliable pass-catcher in his own right, having caught 54 of 66 targets in his career, but Watson was simply better suited to handle most of the target volume in the short and intermediate passing game. If Watson, whose contract expired, does not return, Boyle should have a chance to see an uptick in volume in the passing game; that said, the Ravens value Boyle's blocking a fair amount, and the team may want to see what it has in former second-rounder Maxx Williams when it comes to being the pass-catching tight end in 2018.
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