Maxx Williams' first touchdown, Crockett Gillmore score highlight big day for Ravens tight ends

Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Maxx Williams talks about the expanded role for the tight ends and his first career touchdown. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Rookie tight end Maxx Williams caught his first career touchdown Sunday during a game in which all three of the Ravens' tight ends started and were featured throughout the day on offense.

Williams and second-year tight end Crockett Gillmore had four catches and a touchdown apiece, and combined with rookie Nick Boyle, the group had 11 catches for 117 yards in the loss.


For Williams, his first touchdown was bittersweet.

"It felt good at the time, but you've got to finish the game off and keep playing," Williams said.

The 2015 second-round NFL draft pick, who entered the game with 12 catches for 108 yards, scored the Ravens' second touchdown of the game on a 21-yard reception off a play-action pass.

Gillmore's touchdown, which opened the Ravens' scoring, was the type of jump ball in the end zone quarterback Joe Flacco has tried to find him on all season. It was his fourth score this year, the most on the team despite Gillmore missing two games with a calf injury.

Boyle, who was selected in the fifth round of this year's draft and has exceeded expectations, had a 25-yard catch-and-run on the Ravens' first offensive play of the game that was ultimately squandered when the drive stalled.

Gillmore said the tight ends weren't more involved in the offense than usual, even if more passes came their way.

"We've utilized the tight ends throughout the season," Gillmore said. "Really, it's just the same stuff we've always done. It just looks more relevant with Steve [Smith Sr.] and some other guys gone."

"It gives us an opportunity to go out there and make plays if they want us to," Williams said.

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