Baltimore Ravens: Who is Crockett Gillmore?


It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when watching an important game. Most of you FanSided readers are, like me, obsessed with football. So we tend to pay attention to every aspect of the game and all the little details that come with it. The Baltimore Ravens’ tough loss Sunday combined with the Steve Smith penalty had me overlooking something important in that game; the debut of rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore.

The tight end situation in Baltimore has been a tough one to say the least. I prefer the word nightmare. I know I’m being a tad dramatic here, but this is a proverbial thorn in the Ravens side.

After losing Dennis Pitta for the season to hip surgery, we then saw Owen Daniels go down, requiring arthroscopic surgery. He should be back soon after missing Week 8, but his status for this week is up in the air. Well, it’s a “next man up” mentality in the NFL, so we were all anixious to see who’s next.

Enter Crockett Gillmore.

At 6’6″ and 260 pounds, the 22-year-old rookie tight end made his debut in Week 8 against the Bengals. Gillmore attended Bushland High School in Bushland, Texas, but was a walk on at Colorado State. He was voted All-Mountain West his senior year and played in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game and the 2014 Senior Bowl.

It made sense I had not ever heard of him before the Ravens picked him, as he did not attend the combine. Week 8 saw Gillmore’s first start, and he took every advantage of it to make an impression. Crockett caught two passes for 29 yards.

I think what was most impressive about his performance was the fact that Gillmore played 51 snaps, rather high for a non-quarterback rookie in his first start. And he looked right at home as he made some key blocks and has great foot work for a larger athlete.

If Daniels is out for a few weeks, Crockett Gillmore seems prepared to fill in for him adequately. Baltimore, meet your new stud tight end.

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