Boyle was held without a catch on two targets in the Ravens' loss to the Titans in the AFC divisional round. The tight end played just 26 snaps, which amounted to 27 percent of the team total as he was hampered by an apparent lower leg injury suffered during the contest. Boyle's lack of availability left Baltimore without its key edge sealer in the run game, which took some out of the punch out of that facet of its offense. Boyle is under contract for two more seasons and will enter 2020 coming off his most productive season as a pro, catching 31 of 43 targets for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Andrews will still be the primary pass-catcher among the tight ends, though, and there's a chance that Hayden Hurst takes another step forward in his development as well, further limiting Boyle to a blocking role.
Boyle caught one of two targets for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers. Though it's hard to put much stock in this performance while so many key Ravens contributors were being rested, Sunday marked the fourth time in his past five games that Boyle was held to 10 or fewer yards. Despite the team's offensive dominance this year, Boyle's role in the passing game has declined compared to a handful of nice games he had in the middle of the season. Following their bye, the Ravens will take on the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Boyle caught a combined four of six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in two games against Houston and Buffalo this season.
Boyle caught three of his four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 31-15 win over the Browns. Boyle hadn't seen that many catches or targets since Week 10. He may get more chances if the Ravens elect to rest Mark Andrews in Week 17.
Boyle caught two of three targets for 10 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bills. The fifth-year tight end caught the second touchdown of his career Sunday and has already surpassed his previous career high for receiving yards in a season with 291. Boyle is fourth on the team in target share at 10.5 percent, but with Hayden Hurst coming on strong of late, there could be increased competition for targets down the stretch.
Boyle (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Boyle wasn't present Wednesday for the Ravens' first practice of Week 14 after falling ill, but his return to work one day later in full capacity sets him up to play Sunday in Buffalo. The tight end will provide most of his value as a blocker, but he's been a reliable dump-off target for Lamar Jackson when needed. Boyle has drawn a target in all 12 of the Ravens' games, making 25 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|10||11/16||@New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|3 Year Avg||39||27||246||1||11||9.11||30|