Nick Boyle

Nick Boyle

Tight End #86
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 268 lb.
College:Delaware
Age:28
Born:February 17, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 5 (171)
Draft Team:BAL

Nick Boyle: Signs contract extension

Boyle (knee) signed a two-year extension with the Ravens on Friday.

Analysis: Entering the third and final season of his first contract extension, Boyle is now signed with Baltimore through 2023. Once he's finished rehabbing from his season-ending knee injury, Boyle should occupy his usual spot as the blocking complement to pass-catching ace Mark Andrews. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Boyle should be ready for the start of training camp, as the injury the tight end suffered Week 10 didn't include an ACL tear.

January 29, 2021 11:25 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Should be ready for 2021

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects Boyle (knee) to be ready for 2021 training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Boyle suffered a season-ending knee injury Week 10, taking damage to his MCL, PCL and hamstring. He did avoid an ACL tear, so his rehab process should be wrapped up before the Ravens take the field for Week 1 of 2021. Boyle caught just 14 passes in nine 2020 appearances, but he averaged 42.2 snaps per game and tied for the 10th-best PFF run-blocking grade out of 71 qualified tight ends. Boyle has one season remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract, scheduled for a non-guaranteed $5.5 million base salary in 2021.

January 20, 2021 9:04 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Injury details emerge

Boyle is dealing with injuries to his MCL, PCL and hamstring, leading to his placement on season-ending injured reserve, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Boyle avoided any damage to his ACL, but the rest of his knee suffered severe damage. The Ravens believe the 27-year-old will bounce back, but they haven't indicated whether they're confident he'll be ready for the 2021 season. Luke Willson and Sean Culkin likely will be promoted from the practice squad to take over Boyle's blocking role.

November 20, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Heads to IR

The Ravens placed Boyle (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Clifton Brown of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: This move was inevitable after coach John Harbaugh ruled Boyle out for the year following Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The nature of his injury hasn't been revealed. Mark Andrews is the only remaining tight end on the active roster, so the Ravens signed Luke Willson to the practice squad to join Xavier Gamble and Sean Culkin as potential replacements moving forward.

November 17, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Season over

Boyle (knee) will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to new England, per coach John Harbaugh.

Analysis: Boyle was carted off after getting hit near the knee, and the injury unfortunately turned out to be significant. Baltimore will likely look to bring in another tight end to replace Boyle, as Mark Andrews is the only healthy option at the position on the roster.

November 15, 2020 8:32 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Carted off in New England

Boyle (knee) was carted off to the locker room Sunday against the Patriots, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Boyle took a helmet near the knee area after catching a short pass and immediately crumpled to the turf. Considering the cart was brought out for the tight end immediately, Boyle will almost certainly be out for the rest of the game and likely beyond. Boyle had one catch for four yards before exiting.

November 15, 2020 7:28 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Finds end zone against Eagles

Boyle caught all three of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Eagles.

Analysis: Boyle is now up to two touchdowns on the season, matching his total from 2019. He played 56 snaps, good for 77 percent of the team's total offensive plays, and his highest percentage since Week 2 against the Texans. Boyle is a minor red zone weapon for the Ravens but weeks where he outproduces Mark Andrews will remain few and far between. He'll be on a bye this week before returning to action Week 8 against the Steelers.

October 19, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Nick Boyle: One reception in win

Boyle caught one of two targets for a two-yard gain Sunday in the Ravens' 27-3 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Boyle played his largest offensive snap share of the season (62 percent), but it didn't translate to any increased involvement in the passing game. His elevated usage was a result of the Ravens wanting to limit the wear and tear on top tight end Mark Andrews, who was questionable heading into the contest with a thigh injury. Assuming the Ravens' Week 6 game against the Eagles proves more competitive, Andrews should take on a higher share of the snaps, resulting in lighter use for Boyle.

October 13, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Ready to rock

Boyle (thigh) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Boyle was able to progress from non-participation in Wednesday's practice, to full practice Friday. Now that the veteran out of Delaware is officially healthy, he'll assume his usual role as Baltimore's second tight end for Week 5.

October 11, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Nick Boyle: Questionable against Cincy

Boyle (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was a non-participant to begin the week but was able to progress to full participation for Friday's practice. Boyle seems likely to play his usual role as Baltimore's secondary tight end Sunday barring a setback.

October 9, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Can't practice Wednesday

Boyle did not practice Wednesday due to a thigh injury, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Boyle played his usual offensive role (67 percent of snaps) during Sunday's win over Washington, during which he caught his only chance for nine yards. He'll have two more chances to resume practicing before the Ravens tag him with an injury designation for Week 5.

October 7, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Nabs first touchdown of 2020

Boyle caught his lone target for a five-yard touchdown Monday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Boyle played a season-low 46 percent of the snaps -- 26 snaps overall --with Baltimore in catch-up mode for much of Monday's contest. His usage in the passing game was minimal, too, but he made the most of it with an impressive grab in the back of the end zone to pull Baltimore within a touchdown. Boyle's snap share should get back to normal against Washington, but his target share figures to remain low.

September 29, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Nick Boyle: Two catches against Cleveland

Boyle corralled two of three targets for three receiving yards during Sunday's 38-6 win against the Browns.

Analysis: The veteran tight end served as a check-down option for his MVP quarterback on a couple of occasions in the season opener, but run-blocking and pass-blocking remain his primary roles within Baltimore's offense. Boyle had two performances during 2019 in which he eclipsed 55 receiving yards, but otherwise, he averaged fewer than 15 yards per contest. Week 2 presents a promising matchup for Ravens' tight ends, as the Texans allowed the seventh-most receiving yards to the position last year, as well as 50 yards and a touchdown to Kansas City's Travis Kelce during the season opener.

September 15, 2020 8:16 PM EST

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

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