Baltimore Ravens: 5 Keys to Victory vs. Cleveland Browns

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Get Tight Ends Involved

September 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore (80) is tackled by Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) during the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Many thought the Ravens tight end situation might be one of the dark spots of the season. It has been anything but through the first month of the season as all three tight ends on the roster have stepped up when their name has been called upon.

Crockett Gillmore has been a pleasant surprise for Marc Trestman and the offense thus far, but he missed his fifth straight practice on Thursday which could jeopardize his chances of playing on Sunday. If he can’t go, the Ravens will turn to rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. Neither has numbers that blow you away, but they make things happen. They make tough catches. They run over guys. They leap over them too.

Flacco has been known to favor his tight ends, and that will likely be a point of emphasis this week. With the lack of receiving options, Trestman could look to his young tight ends to make key plays at various points of the game. So far, they have not shown us that they are not up to the task.

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