SAN JOSE, CALIF. — The NFL is a copycat league and the Ravens surely took notice of the success that Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had against the Oakland Raiders defense last week. Eifert, a former Notre Dame standout and 2013 first-round draft pick, had a career day versus the Raiders, catching nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Andy Dalton targeted his big tight end 12 times.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he was generally pleased with the play of his three young tight ends last week against the Denver Broncos, but this could be a week where they get more involved.
"I thought it was a good start for the young tight ends," Harbaugh said. "They all played well, and I think we have to expand on what those guys can do. They're talented guys. It's not too big for them."
Ravens starting tight end Crockett Gillmore caught two passes for 23 yards against the Broncos. Rookie Maxx Williams had one catch for 15 yards, while fellow Ravens newcomer Nick Boyle was used primarily in a blocking and special teams role.
"Every one of them did a good job," Harbaugh said. "I really love the way they took responsibility for what they think they could've done more. They're not setting a low bar for themselves, and as a coach, you appreciate that."