Nick Boyle

Nick Boyle

Tight End #86
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 268 lb.
College:Delaware
Age:27
Born:February 17, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 5 (171)
Draft Team:BAL

Nick Boyle: Hampered in playoff loss

Boyle was held without a catch on two targets in the Ravens' loss to the Titans in the AFC divisional round.

Analysis: The tight end played just 26 snaps, which amounted to 27 percent of the team total as he was hampered by an apparent lower leg injury suffered during the contest. Boyle's lack of availability left Baltimore without its key edge sealer in the run game, which took some out of the punch out of that facet. Boyle is under contract for two more seasons and will enter 2020 coming off his most productive season as a pro in which he caught 31 of 43 targets for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Andrews will still be the primary pass-catcher among the tight ends, though, and there's a chance that Hayden Hurst takes another step forward in his development as well.

January 14, 2020 9:41 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Gains six yards in win

Boyle caught one of two targets for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Though it's hard to put much stock into a game in which so many key contributors sat, Sunday marked the fourth time in his past five games that Boyle was held to 10 or fewer yards. Despite the Ravens' offensive dominance, Boyle appears to have been deemphasized in the passing game as compared to a handful of nice games in the middle of the season. Following the bye, the Ravens will take on the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Boyle caught a combined four of six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in two games against Houston and Buffalo this season.

December 31, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Hauls in three balls in win

Boyle caught three of his four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 34-15 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Boyle hadn't seen that many catches or targets since Week 10. He may get more chances if the Ravens elect to rest Mark Andrews in Week 17.

December 24, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Notches second touchdown

Boyle caught two of three targets for 10 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bills.

Analysis: The fifth-year tight end caught the second touchdown of his career Sunday and has already surpassed his previous career-high for receiving yards in a season with 291. Boyle is fourth on the team in target share at 10.5 percent but with Hayden Hurst coming on strong of late, there could be increased competition for targets down the stretch.

December 10, 2019 8:24 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Returns to practice

Boyle (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Boyle wasn't present Wednesday for the Ravens' first practice of Week 14 after falling ill, but his return to work one day later in full capacity sets him up to play Sunday in Buffalo. The tight end will provide most of his value as a blocker, but he's been a reliable dump-off target for Lamar Jackson when needed. Boyle has drawn a target in all 12 of the Ravens' games, making 25 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown.

December 5, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Nick Boyle: No practice Wednesday

Boyle (illness) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Boyle plays a key role in Baltimore's tight end rotation behind top option Mark Andrews. An undisclosed ailment is preventing him from practicing to start the week, but the 26-year-old will have two more chances to up his activity ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Bills. If Boyle were forced to miss any time, Hayden Hurst would be a candidate to see increased usage on offense.

December 4, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Held to four yards in win

Boyle caught one of his two targets for four yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Boyle has now been held to a single catch in back-to-back games. He had a nice little stretch in Weeks 9 and 10 in which he totaled nine catches for 105 yard and a touchdown. He has just 31 yards in his three games since. How he'll perform in any given week is hard to predict given Baltimore's reliance on the run and a roster loaded with talented tight ends and the risk almost certainly isn't worth the reward. Next up is a matchup against the Bills, the best defense in the league against tight ends this season.

December 3, 2019 4:21 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Good to go Sunday

Boyle (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's game versus San Francisco.

Analysis: The 26-year-old finished the week as a full practice participant and was expected to play, so the fact he's suiting up comes as little surprise. Boyle should serve in his usual role as the Ravens' secondary tight end behind Mark Andrews.

December 1, 2019 8:48 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Expected to play Sunday

Boyle (ankle), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Boyle was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He should be fine for Sunday's heavyweight fight, likely handling his usual role that involves frequent blocking and 1-to-5 targets.

November 30, 2019 9:56 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Deemed questionable

Boyle (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Boyle was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He should be fine for Sunday's heavyweight fight, likely handling his usual role that involves frequent blocking and 1-to-5 targets.

November 29, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Limited by ankle issue

Boyle was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report due to an ankle injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Boyle's usage has been consistent this season, ranging from 52 to 84 percent of the offensive snaps in the Ravens' 11 games. His production has been a different story. Boyle has recorded just one touchdown and surpassed 30 receiving yards on two occasions. While his ability to fit in some reps Wednesday bodes well for his availability Sunday against the 49ers, the preceding facts don't lend themselves to fantasy viability.

November 27, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Continues slide in blowout win

Boyle caught his only target, a seven-yard gain, during Monday's 41-6 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The Ravens seem to be coming up with a prime-time offensive explosion every week, but Boyle has -- for the most part -- stayed out of it. The TE2 is getting WR2-level offensive snaps, at least 50 in five of his last seven games, but he's only mustered 15 catches during that span. In a run-heavy offense, his 24 catches and 277 yards both rank third on the team, but that's very little to hang your hat on, especially in Sunday's upcoming matchup against San Francisco's top-ranked pass defense.

November 26, 2019 3:44 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Comes back to earth

Boyle caught two of three targets for 20 yards Sunday against the Texans.

Analysis: Boyle came back to earth Sunday after posting 25.5 points in PPR scoring over his previous two games. He still tied for second on the team in targets against the Texans with three, putting him just one behind Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown for the team lead on the week. Boyle is up to 23 catches on 31 targets for 270 yards in 2019, which is an above-average role for a player primarily used for his blocking.

November 19, 2019 7:24 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Targeted four times in win

Boyle caught two of four targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 23-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Boyle hauled in multiple passes for the first time since Week 3. The big-bodied target was targeted at least three times in each of the first three games of the season, but has seen just seven targets since. The Ravens pass offense hasn't been quite what it was since the a dynamic opening two weeks to the season. Though far from the Ravens' top target, that has had a ripple effect for Boyle. The good news is that the Ravens can turn it around Sunday against the league's 25th-ranked pass defense, Seattle.

October 15, 2019 9:39 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Catches lone target

Boyle caught his only target, a nine-yard gain, during Sunday's 40-25 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: One game removed from leading the team in receiving, Boyle was not targeted multiple times for the first time since Week 3 of last season while sophomores Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst both received more opportunities. The Ravens emphasize getting the ball to their tight ends more than most teams, but with so many cooks in the kitchen -- and Andrews with a well-established rapport with quarterback Lamar Jackson -- it's hard to rely on the down-depth-chart guys. Without a touchdown in his four-plus seasons, Boyle is not the kind of backup tight end who you can count on to fly under the radar and steal the occasional red-zone target.

October 1, 2019 3:49 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Leads team in receiving

Boyle caught four of five passes for 58 yards during Sunday's 33-28 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Not necessarily known for his play in the open field, Boyle showed some ups during a late-third-quarter touchdown drive, catching a pass underneath and hurdling over a defender for a gain of 15. Passed over by Mark Andrews for all intents and purposes, Boyle managed to exceed his receiving total from the first two weeks of the season combined to lead the Ravens Sunday. Andrews is still the primary weapon in Baltimore, but sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson obviously has comfort throwing to the tight ends and offensive coordinator Greg Roman is a former tight-ends coach himself, so Boyle might have himself a couple of games even out of the TE2 spot.

September 24, 2019 4:07 PM EST

Nick Boyle: One catch Sunday

Boyle caught one of three targets for 14 yards Sunday against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Boyle has seen three targets in each of the first two games, catching four for 40 yards. He is behind only Willie Snead in snap percentage (59 percent) and is surprisingly third on the team in targets. His blocking ability keeps him on the field consistently, but he's unlikely to remain this high up in the target pecking order as the season progresses. Boyle and the Ravens will travel to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs in Week 3.

September 16, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Snags three passes

Boyle caught all of his targets for 26 total yards during Sunday's 59-10 win over Miami.

Analysis: Boyle ended the game with more snaps than fellow tight end Mark Andrews, 43 to 32, but with a fraction of the production as Andrews ended with 108 yards and score. Based on their pasts, that dynamic is likely to continue, though it's hard to read too much into a game that got out of hand as early as Sunday's. Next up is an Arizona team that provided Lions rookie T. J. Hockenson a historic debut.

September 10, 2019 8:12 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Inks extension with Baltimore

Boyle and the Ravens agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $18 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: At first glance, it seems like a hefty payday for a tight end with just 75 receptions in his four-year NFL career, especially considering Boyle will see nearly $10 million in guaranteed money. But pass-catching has never been the focal point for Boyle, who excels as a blocker and does so on the great majority of his snaps. This was valued enough by the Ravens to grant the 26-year-old a new contract, but Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst likely remain ahead of Boyle in the pecking order for targets at the position.

March 7, 2019 6:34 AM EST

Nick Boyle: New career-high in yards

Boyle caught 23 of 37 targets for 213 yards in 2018.

Analysis: The fourth-year player out of Delaware set a new career-high in receiving yards but is still searching for that elusive first touchdown. Boyle was also a major staple in the offense as a whole, playing 55 percent of the offensive snaps and adding value as a run blocker. The Ravens did spend two 2018 draft picks on tight ends, which may signal the end of Boyle and Maxx Williams' time in Baltimore once he hits free agency this offseason.

January 8, 2019 9:48 AM EST

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