As a rookie, Ravens backup tight end Crockett Gillmore is figuring out what's expected from him. The third-round draft pick has primarily operated as a blocker, playing in all seven games.
Gillmore, 6 feet 6, 251 pounds, caught his longest pass of the season during the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, a 13-yard reception for a first down. Gillmore played a season-high 43 snaps on offense against the Falcons, one less than veteran starter Owen Daniels.
Gillmore said he's staying ready just in case Daniels is sidelined Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to play despite a knee injury that has kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that Daniels is "fine" and that coach John Harbaugh has a plan for veteran players like him.
"I'm prepared every week to be the starter from the first day I got here," Gillmore said. "That's just the mentality I've had. I've always been a guy who's been ready. He'll be ready. He does a good job of keeping his body ready."
For the season, the former Colorado State standout has caught three passes for 29 yards. Gillmore said his confidence is increasing with each week.
"Absolutely, you're always kind of in a learning curve no matter where you're at," Gillmore said. "I definitely feel a little more comfortable, but it's a new game and a new opponent each week. I just got to catch the ball and run after the catch."