The first practice of Ravens training camp isn’t until Thursday, but there’s early positive news.
Quarterbacks and injured veterans reported Friday, and with it came the return of third-year tight end Maxx Williams to the field.
Williams had a rare knee surgery last year, which landed him on injured reserve on Oct. 7 after just four games. More than nine months later, Williams stepped back onto the field in his helmet and jersey for the first time Saturday.
It’s still early in his return, but Williams has a chance to emerge. The Ravens have a lot of uncertainty at tight end this year. Dennis Pitta was released after a third hip surgery and veteran Benjamin Watson is returning from a torn Achilles. Crockett Gillmore is trying to stay healthy after being plagued the past three years. Darren Waller has been suspended for the entire season. Nick Boyle is the only experienced tight end without a question mark.
BAL TE Crockett Gillmore - Week 1, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 1 vs. Buffalo
Crockett Gillmore had 412 yards and four touchdowns receiving last year before injuries derailed his season. He’s the healthiest TE on the roster this week for the Ravens, which makes him a little bit intriguing in fantasy leagues. Against Buffalo, he should find room to work. However, Gillmore is too risky at this early point in the season. He’s not a bad stash option if he can fend off his competitors and get back to the development he showed a season ago, but he’s too risky to count on right now, especially with how deep the mid-tier TE position is.
Update:With Dennis Pitta getting the start against the Bills, fantasy owners should leave the Baltimore TE position alone this week. Make sure Gillmore is out of your lineup.