Josh Oliver

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

Josh Oliver News

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


Role expected to expand Sunday

Oliver is expected to handle a heavier snap count Sunday against the Colts with Seth DeValve (abdomen) inactive for the contest, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: DeValve had played more than half of the Jaguars' offensive snaps in each of the pass three games and garnered eight targets in that span, so some modest volume in the passing game will be up for grabs. While the Jaguars may end up filtering more of DeValve's looks to their running backs or receivers, Oliver represents a better candidate to draw targets than the lone other healthy tight end, blocking specialist Ben Koyack. After an injury delayed start to his NFL career, the rookie caught two of four targets for 10 yards in the Jaguars' two games prior to the team's Week 10 bye.

Nov 17, 2019 9:26 AM EST


Set for NFL debut

Oliver (hamstring) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Oliver began the week as a limited practice participant but progressed to full participation Thursday and Friday to clear the way for his NFL debut this weekend. The rookie third-round pick has been sidelined since early August by the hamstring injury but could have an immediate role in the offense with Geoff Swaim (concussion/ankle) sidelined and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) out for the year. Oliver is mostly just a speculative stash in fantasy until he shows what he can do on the field.

Oct 18, 2019 11:37 AM EST


Practices in full

Oliver (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Oliver appears ready to make his NFL debut against the Bengals on Sunday, barring any setbacks. The rookie third-round pick could be in line for a key role in Jacksonville's offense, with Geoff Swaim nursing a concussion. Still, he isn't yet worth fantasy consideration in leagues that start a single tight end.

Oct 17, 2019 12:34 PM EST


Limited for practice

Oliver (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Oliver has yet to suit up in game action this season due to the lingering hamstring injury, but coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he thinks Oliver could suit up Sunday. Considering Geoff Swaim is nursing a concussion and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) resides on injured reserve, Oliver could play for a key role in the offense against the Bengals if fully healthy. Expect his practice availability to show a more accurate picture throughout the week.

Oct 16, 2019 4:03 PM EST


Could play Week 7

Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Oliver (hamstring) could have a chance to play Sunday against the Bengals, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: With Geoff Swaim nursing a concussion and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) on injured reserve, Oliver could be in line for a key role on offense versus the Bengals if healthy. That said, a lingering hamstring issue has kept the rookie sidelined the previous six contests, so Oliver isn't a lock to fully recover in time to suit up Week 7.

Oct 14, 2019 12:03 PM EST


Won't return Week 6

Oliver (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Oliver was a limited participant again this week but won't make his NFL debut against New Orleans. Geoff Swaim is primed for a heavy snap count this week with James O'Shaughnessy (knee) out for the season.

Oct 11, 2019 11:05 AM EST


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