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Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore's role increasing

Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore.
Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore. (Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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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."

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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."

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