Josh Oliver

Baltimore Ravens
Tight End #89
Baltimore Ravens
Tight End #89

Josh Oliver News

Little involvement in Week 18

Oliver played 32 of the Ravens' 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bengals and failed to corral his lone target.

Analysis: Though the Ravens played the regular-season finale without top tight end Mark Andrews -- who sat out for rest purposes -- Oliver wasn't a major beneficiary. Oliver's 43 percent snap share actually took a step back from his 60 percent mark against the Steelers one week earlier, as Isaiah Likely (88 percent, 8-103-0 receiving line on 13 targets) and Charlie Kolar (44 percent, 4-49-0 on six targets) instead took advantage of Andrews' absence. Because the Ravens value Oliver's blocking skills and ability to contribute on special teams, he's still likely to be active for Sunday's rematch with the Bengals in the wild-card round.

Jan 12, 2023 8:15 AM EST

Goes without target in Week 14

Oliver played 42 of the Ravens' 61 snaps on offense and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Oliver turned some heads when he recorded four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Week 12 loss to the Jaguars, but the absence of No. 2 tight end Isaiah Likely for that contest played a major role in Oliver's breakthrough performance. With both Mark Andrews and Likely available for the Ravens' subsequent two contests, Oliver has faded almost exclusively into a blocking role when he's taken the field. He's played 66 combined snaps on offense over the past two weeks and hasn't been targeted once.

Dec 14, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Excels in expanded role

Oliver recorded four receptions on six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Oliver stepped into an expanded role with Isaiah Likely (ankle) sidelined, and he excelled with the opportunity. He tied for the team lead in receptions and led in receiving yards. Oliver's performance was highlighted by a 12-yard touchdown catch that came late in the fourth quarter, though he also caught a 40-yard pass from Lamar Jackson early in the third quarter. Although Oliver entered Sunday's game with only seven receptions, the Ravens have been in need of pass-catching options much of the season, so if Likely remains out Oliver could maintain his expanded role.

Nov 27, 2022 8:23 PM EST

Likely to step in as No. 2 TE

Oliver is expected to serve as the Ravens' No. 2 tight end behind starter Mark Andrews in Sunday's game against the Jaguars with Isaiah Likely (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Ryan Mink of Baltimore's official site reports.

Analysis: Baltimore also has Nick Boyle and Charlie Kolar available as options at tight end, but the former serves mainly as a special-teams contributor and blocker on offense, while the latter has yet to make his NFL debut. Oliver, meanwhile, has already held a steady role on offense all season, even on the occasions both Andrews and Likely have been available. He's played no fewer than 30 percent of the offensive snaps in any of Baltimore's 10 games to date and has drawn at least one target in each of the past six contests.

Nov 27, 2022 8:07 AM EST

Makes two grabs Sunday

Oliver caught two passes for 21 yards on three targets Sunday against the Giants.

Analysis: The veteran nearly reeled in his third target but officials ruled that it was not a catch. Still, Oliver was as involved as he's been all season in the passing game and his 21 yards marked a season-high. Oliver has played at least 30 percent of the snaps in each game this season but has only drawn targets in three of six outings. Baltimore hosts Cleveland in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 7:10 AM EST

Draws first targets of season

Oliver reeled in both of his targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-26 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: While filling a depth role at tight end behind Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely, Oliver's offensive snaps shares have ranged between 32 and 50 percent through three weeks. His workload is unlikely to change so long as both Andrews and Likely are available, but Oliver was at least able to make the most of his limited time on the field Sunday by collecting his first two targets of the season. He turned one of them into a one-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, marking the first time that he's found paydirt since entering the NFL in 2019.

Sep 27, 2022 8:41 AM EST

Quiet year in Baltimore

Oliver caught nine of 15 targets for 66 yards in 2021.

Analysis: An offseason acquisition from the Jaguars, Oliver suited up in 14 games for the Ravens in his debut season with the team. Mark Andrews came into the year as the alpha of the Ravens' tight end group and only solidified his standing in that regard, which left few opportunities for the rest of the team's tight ends when the team went with single tight end sets. Oliver averaged just 4.4 yards per target on his limited opportunities and played the third-most snaps at his position on the team. He is due $1 million in base salary in 2022, the final year of his rookie contract. If Nick Boyle returns to full strength, Oliver will have to battle with Eric Tomlinson for the No.3 tight end spot on the roster in all likelihood.

Jan 25, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Back from COVID list

Oliver was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Clifton Brown from the Ravens' official website reports.

Analysis: The backup tight end was removed from the COVID list Tuesday and was moved to the exempt/COVID-19 list, allowing him to resume activities but not be placed on the 53-man roster. Oliver has operated as a depth option behind starter Mark Andrews all season, making just eight catches for 65 yards in 13 games this season.

Jan 4, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Placed on COVID list

Oliver was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Oliver is the 12th member of Baltimore's 53-man roster placed on the list. The backup tight end has eight catches for 65 yards this season but has played primarily in a special teams role of late. He'll be fighting an uphill battle to gain clearance before Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

Dec 23, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Notches season-highs

Oliver caught two of five targets for 29 yards against the Bengals.

Analysis: This was Oliver's best game of the season, notching season-highs in yards (29), snaps (19) and targets (5). He has seen over 15 snaps in back-to-back weeks but Sunday was likely an anomaly in terms of his target volume. Baltimore is on bye before returning Week 9 to face Minnesota.

Oct 26, 2021 6:52 AM EST

Paces all pass-catchers

Oliver had seven catches for 50 yards on 10 targets Saturday against the Panthers. He also lost one fumble.

Analysis: Though Oliver led all Ravens pass-catchers in every major category, his red zone fumble casts a pall over his performance. Oliver is battling for the No.3 tight end spot while Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle are locks.

Aug 23, 2021 8:04 AM EST

Packs bags for Baltimore

The Jaguars traded Oliver (foot) to the Ravens on Wednesday for a conditional draft pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Oliver spent the 2020 season on injured reserve with a foot injury. He'll presumably be healthy for the 2021 campaign. The 2019 third-round pick played just four games during his rookie season, generating a 3-15-0 line. He'll handle a depth role behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle (knee) in Baltimore.

Mar 17, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Can't return from IR

Oliver (foot) won't be eligible to return from injured reserve, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: If the Jaguars wanted Oliver to be eligible to return, they would've had to wait until Sept. 6 to place him on injured reserve. As is, the 2019 third-round pick will miss the entire 2020 campaign while he recovers from surgery on a broken foot. Oliver missed 12 games last year with hamstring and back injuries, so his luck couldn't be much worse through two pro season. Meanwhile, Tyler Eifert is left with light competition for TE targets in Jacksonville.

Aug 20, 2020 7:02 AM EST

Placed on IR, needs surgery

The Jaguars placed Oliver (foot) on injured reserve Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Oliver is scheduled to have surgery on a broken foot and can now be ruled out for the first eight weeks of the regular season. The 2019 third-round pick missed the first six games of his rookie campaign with a hamstring injury and the final six games with a fracture in his back, limiting him to four appearances. With Oliver out until at least midseason, Tyler Eifert doesn't have much competition for targets at tight end.

Aug 20, 2020 6:25 AM EST

Suffers broken foot

Oliver suffered a broken foot bone Sunday and will undergo surgery, SI's John Shipley reports.

Analysis: It's not clear what the exact type of foot fracture Oliver suffered, but the quick surgery announcement implies it was something substantial that could keep him out for an extended period. It's a frustrating development for the athletic but raw tight end out of San Jose State, a third-round pick of Jacksonville's from the 2019 draft. The Jaguars have at least two capable veterans on the depth chart in Tyler Eifert and James O'Shaughnessy, but both of them have their own durability concerns. After those two veterans, rookie sixth-round pick Tyler Davis (Georgia Tech) might be next on the depth chart.

Aug 17, 2020 7:33 AM EST

Set for sophomore season

Oliver (back) should be healthy for training camp after appearing in only three games as a rookie, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick missed the preseason with a hamstring injury and went down with a back issue after returning to the field, as he finished the season with three catches for 15 yards. Tyler Eifert was signed in March and is expected to start in 2020, while Oliver is likely to compete for reps behind him with James O'Shaughnessy (knee) and rookie Tyler Davis.

Jun 23, 2020 3:45 PM EST

Rookie campaign derailed by injury

Oliver (back) spent the final six weeks of the season on injured reserve and totaled three catches for 15 yards in four games this season.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick missed the preseason and the first six games of the year with a hamstring injury, and he didn't see much involvement in the offense before suffering small fractures in his back Week 11. The starting job at tight end remains up for grabs, so a strong offseason could go a long way towards securing a larger role in 2020.

Jan 24, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Lands on IR

The Jaguars placed Oliver (back) on injured reserve Monday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Oliver suffered fractures in his back during Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts, the severity of which will now cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. The 22-year-old caught three of six targets for 15 yards across four games in his rookie campaign. With Seth DeValve (oblique) nursing an injury, the Jaguars could be forced to work with Nick O'Leary (who the team signed in free agency Monday) and Ben Koyack as the only options at tight end Week 12.

Nov 18, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Dealing with fractures in back

Oliver was diagnosed with small fractures in his back after he exited Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars didn't provide an update on Oliver's condition after the game, but Rapoport notes that the tight end is expected to miss multiple weeks as a result of the injury and could be a candidate for injured reserve. Jacksonville was already down another of its pass-catching tight ends (Seth DeValve, oblique) heading into the contest, spurring the team's decision to sign free agent Nick O'Leary. Unless DeValve is back for the Week 12 game against the Titans, Jacksonville will likely have O'Leary and blocking specialist Ben Koyack as its lone available tight ends in that contest. Oliver caught one of two targets for a five-yard gain in the loss to Indianapolis.

Nov 18, 2019 8:49 AM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Oliver (back) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Colts, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how Oliver picked up the injury, but this is tough news for him, considering he was in line for an increased snap count Sunday. With he and Seth DeValve (oblique) sidelined as well, the only healthy tight end left on the roster is Ben Koyack. Oliver left late int he fourth quarter, so in the likely event he doesn't return, expect specifics from the team in the coming days regarding the injury.

Nov 17, 2019 12:56 PM EST

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