Isaiah Likely

Baltimore Ravens
Tight End
Baltimore Ravens
Tight End
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Isaiah Likely News

Huge volume in Week 18

Likely recorded eight receptions on 13 targets for 103 yards in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Likely moved up the depth chart with Mark Andrews (coach's decision) sidelined for Week 18. He quickly emerged as Anthony Brown's favorite target, and he showed the ability to capitalize by racking up 7.9 yards per target. The highlights of his performance came on a pair of receptions of 28 and 22 yards, respectively. Andrews will almost certainly be back on the field for Baltimore's wild-card round matchup against the Bengals, though Likely has shown the ability to contribute as the second tight end in the offense.

Jan 8, 2023 7:55 PM EST

Cashes in short score

Likely caught three of five targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Likely teamed up with fellow tight end Mark Andrews (9-100-0) to provide nearly all of the Ravens' receiving output Sunday (130 total passing yards). The rookie was the beneficiary of Tyler Huntley's lone passing touchdown, with the veteran taking care of the heavy lifting between the end zones. Likely hasn't topped 18 receiving yards in any of the four games Huntley has started, but he would receive a boost in projections if Lamar Jackson (knee) is able to return from injury to face the Bengals in Sunday's regular season finale.

Jan 1, 2023 10:24 PM EST

Another quiet showing

Likely had two receptions on three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Likely once again took the backseat to fellow tight end Mark Andrews, as the latter saw 30 more offensive snaps in Week 15 compared to the rookie. With wide receiver Devin Duvernay having suffered a potentially-significant injury during Tuesday's practice, Likely could be more involved in Baltimore's passing game down the stretch if Duvernay indeed misses time. The Ravens are now scheduled to host the Falcons on Saturday.

Dec 20, 2022 1:31 PM EST

No targets against Steelers

Likely was not targeted on 16 snaps Sunday against the Steelers.

Analysis: In fairness to Likely, his chances of producing Sunday were slim with Baltimore starting Tyler Huntley at quarterback and his chances got slimmer the Ravens had to turn to undrafted rookie Anthony Brown to lead the offense. Baltimore attempted 17 passes on the day and only five passes after Huntley (concussion) went out. Likely drew four targets on 18 snaps against Denver in Week 13 with Huntley at the helm for the majority of the game. If the Ravens have to start Brown in Week 15 against Cleveland, it could be a very run-heavy game plan that would not lead to a high volume of opportunities for Likely.

Dec 12, 2022 9:51 AM EST

Efficient outing Sunday

Likely caught all four of his targets for 30 yards Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: The rookie returned from a one-game absence Sunday and turned in one of his more efficient outings of the season. It marked the third time this season he caught every target. Likely seemed to have a solid rapport with Tyler Huntley after he came in for the injured Lamar Jackson (knee). Still, Mark Andrews, Demarcus Robinson and Devin Duvernay led the team in targets. Baltimore plays at Pittsburgh in Week 14.

Dec 6, 2022 7:52 AM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Likely (ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: The 2022 fourth-rounder was limited Wednesday, but Likely's return to a full practice Thursday puts him in line to suit up Sunday against the Broncos. However, as long as Baltimore's star tight end Mark Andrews is healthy and available, Likely will profile as a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Dec 1, 2022 2:25 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Likely (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday<.

Analysis: After initially being listed as questionable for this past Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Likely was subsequently downgraded to out Saturday. The tight end's ability to practice Wednesday suggests that he has a chance to return to action this weekend, but with Mark Andrews healthy and available these days, Likely's bankable fantasy upside is modest.

Nov 30, 2022 2:50 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Likely has been downgraded to out and will not play Sunday against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The return of Mark Andrews last week has mitigated the necessity of Likely's availability, but the rookie did still see three targets last week in the win over the Panthers, so it's not as if he was completely absent in the box score. Expect Josh Oliver to see more playing time as a result.

Nov 26, 2022 10:49 AM EST

Picks up ankle injury

Likely (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Likely appears to have suffered the injury in practice, as he was limited Friday after no indication of an injury Wednesday or Thursday. Even if the rookie tight end suits up, he's unlikely to play a major role barring an injury to starter Mark Andrews.

Nov 25, 2022 12:17 PM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Likely caught one of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Likely reverted to his backup tight end duties Sunday with Mark Andrews returning from a one game absence due to shoulder and knee injuries. The rookie played 22 of the Ravens' 69 offensive snaps while Andrews played 64 snaps. Barring another injury to Andrews, Likely seems unlikely to see enough usage to be a consistent fantasy asset. The 22-year-old can be left out of lineups when the Ravens visit the Jaguars in Week 12.

Nov 23, 2022 3:11 AM EST

Moves back to No. 2 TE role

Likely is expected to serve as the Ravens' No. 2 tight end in Sunday's game against the Panthers with Mark Andrews (shoulder/knee) active after sitting out Baltimore's most recent game Week 9 against New Orleans, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: While Andrews was out of the lineup Week 9, Likely started and played a career-high 75 percent of the Ravens' snaps, finishing with a 24-yard touchdown catch among his five targets. Even though Andrews has operated as the Ravens' clear top tight end when available, Likely's skills as a pass catcher and the underwhelming state of Baltimore's wideout corps should still allow him to see a good amount of field time Sunday. In the seven games this season that Andrews has finished, Likely has seen snap shares between 10 and 45 percent while averaging 2.6 targets per contest.

Nov 20, 2022 9:24 AM EST

Tallies early touchdown

Likely recorded one reception on five targets for 24 yards in Monday's 27-13 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Likely turned in an underwhelming effort in the absence of Mark Andrews (shoulder) despite leading the team with five targets. He looked to be in for a big performance after connecting with Lamar Jackson for a 24-yard catch to tally Baltimore's first touchdown of the game, but he was silent from that point forward. Likely's run as the team's starting tight end could also be coming to an end, as Andrews will have the chance to rest and recover during Baltimore's Week 10 bye.

Nov 7, 2022 9:39 PM EST

Set to fill in for Andrews

With fellow tight end Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder) having been ruled out, Likely is slated to see an expanded role Monday night against the Saints.

Analysis: With Andrews limited to 10 snaps in Week 8 against the Buccaneers, Likely stepped in and saw action on 51 offensive snaps en route to catching six of his seven targets for 77 yards and a TD. Now that both Andrews and top wideout Rashod Bateman are both out, Likely figures to see enough volume versus the Saints on Monday to maintain fantasy utility once again.

Nov 6, 2022 12:08 PM EST

In line to start at tight end

Likely is expected to serve as Baltimore's top tight end in Monday's game against New Orleans with Mark Andrews (shoulder/knee) listed as doubtful for the contest, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.

Analysis: While Andrews missed most of the Ravens' Week 8 win over the Buccaneers due to his pair of injuries, Likely stepped in to play two-thirds of the Ravens' offensive snaps, finishing with a 6-77-1 receiving line on seven targets. With Andrews now trending toward miss the entirety of Monday's game, Likely looks like a good bet to see his snap share climb even higher. Even the stellar receiving line may be replicable, as the Ravens are expected to not only be down Andrews, but also top wideout Rashod Bateman (foot), who is set to undergo season-ending surgery to address a Lisfranc injury. Beyond Likely, the Ravens' top pass-catching options are projected to be Devin Duvernay, James Proche, DeSean Jackson, Tylan Wallace and Kenyan Drake.

Nov 6, 2022 5:34 AM EST

Shines with expanded opportunity

Likely brought in six of seven targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 27-22 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Mark Andrews exited the game early with a shoulder injury, and Likely took advantage to produce a co-team-high reception tally, a team-leading yardage total and his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard go-ahead scoring grab at the end of the third quarter. Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports Andrews' shoulder injury is considered minor, but perhaps Likely's production with the extra opportunity can earn him a bump in targets beginning with a Week 9 road matchup versus the Saints on Monday night, Nov. 7.

Oct 27, 2022 9:07 PM EST

Role diminishing in offense

Likely caught his lone target for a 16-yard gain in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Analysis: Likely played a season-low six offensive snaps Sunday, which is a concerning development for the rookie at this stage of the year. He does not appear close to carving out a larger role in the offense. Meanwhile, Josh Oliver has played 33 percent or more of the snaps in each of the last three games, including 49 percent on Sunday. Likely and the Ravens have a quick turnaround in Week 8 as they travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers on Thursday night football.

Oct 24, 2022 2:28 PM EST

Gets more involved Sunday

Likely caught two passes for 30 yards on four targets Sunday against the Giants.

Analysis: Likely's snap share was roughly the same as it was in Week 5 but he was more involved in the passing game as he drew four targets for the first time since Week 2. He converted those looks into 30 yards on two receptions and has yet to find the end zone this season. Likely has seen red zone targets in each of the last two weeks, however. The Ravens host the Browns in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 7:07 AM EST

Gets back in box score

Likely caught both of his targets for seven yards Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: The rookie got back in the box score but the results still weren't overly impressive. Likely managed to reel in both targets but that totaled just seven yards. Since Likely's pseudo-breakout game against Miami in Week 2, Likely has three catches for 15 yards on four targets. It's also worth noting that Likely's 14 snaps Sunday marked a season-low. Baltimore heads to East Rutherford to face the Giants on Sunday.

Oct 11, 2022 10:21 AM EST

No targets Sunday

Likely was not targeted on 23 snaps against the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Likely saw the second-highest snap count of his young career Sunday but it did not result in any production. In fairness, Buffalo largely shut down Baltimore's tight ends as Mark Andrews even struggled with two catches on five targets. Still, Likely started the season with nine targets in his first two games and now has two total targets over his last two outings. Cincinnati has allowed modest production to opposing tight ends thus far, so it will be interesting to see if Likely can get more involved in the passing game Sunday night.

Oct 4, 2022 8:36 AM EST

Held to one catch in Week 3

Likely had one catch for eight yards on two targets Sunday against the Patriots.

Analysis: Likely's snap count increased slightly on Sunday, going from 17 to 19, but it did not translate into a larger role in the passing game. He drew a season-low two targets and ended with just eight yards after going for four catches and 43 yards in Week 2. It appears Likely does have a stable role where he will play roughly one-third of the offensive snaps each week, but the target volume could be erratic as he gets acclimated to this offense as a rookie.

Sep 26, 2022 5:40 PM EST

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