Rookie Gillmore hopes to earn his way into TE mix

Rookie Gillmore hopes to earn his way into TE mix
May 17, 2014, 11:00 am
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Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore has gone from being an Owen Daniels fan to an Owen Daniels teammate. While veteran tight ends Daniels and Dennis Pitta prepare for the upcoming season, they will also be asked to mentor Gillmore, a Ravens third-round (No. 99) draft pick.

“I’ve watched Dennis and O. D. (Daniels) for a long time – a Texas kid watching the Texans,” said Gillmore, a native of Amarillo, Texas. “So now that he’s here, I can actually be in the offense with him. It’s something special.”

The Ravens hope they can tap into Gillmore’s potential as an athletic 6-foot-6, 260-pounder. At this weekend’s rookie minicamp, Gillmore is beginning the process of showing if he can offer the Ravens something right away.

After signing Daniels as a free agent from the Texans, the Ravens drafted Gillmore in the third round (99th overall), so they are expecting him to become someone who eventually finds a role in their offense. Not only did he catch 111 passes during his college career at Colorado St., Gillmore was a capable blocker. New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves utilizing tight ends, so if Gillmore learns quickly, Kubiak will have packages that include the rookie tight end.

“I knew he utilizes tight ends a lot, so I knew a little bit about him,” Gillmore said of Kubiak. “But getting here and being around him, it’s been an awesome experience.”

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