Baltimore Ravens Tight end in Trouble

Tight end with the Baltimore Ravens prepared to be an offensive ‘chess piece’

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Isaiah Likely, a tight end with the Baltimore Ravens, says he’s prepared to be the “chess piece” on offense.

Most likely spent his first three years in Baltimore as the backup tight end to Mark Andrews for the Ravens.

However, Likely stepped up to the plate and seamlessly filled the void left by Andrews’ absence during the second half of the previous season.

In the final five games of the regular season, the 24-year-old caught five touchdowns; in the playoffs, he added four grabs for 50 yards and two more scores.

Likely stated, in an interview with Up & Adams, “I’ll be there when my number is called.”

“I demonstrated my versatility by playing in the slot, out wide on my own, or in the backfield—I’m the true offensive weapon.

“I told myself to be the offensive piece on the chessboard, to make plays even when they aren’t needed.

“I want to show everyone that when the ball is in my hand anything can happen.”

GM of the Ravens thought he could have picked Pearsall, the “sleeper” for the 49ers

The general manager of the Ravens wished he could have selected the 49ers’ “sleeper” Pearsall made his debut on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Ricky Pearsall was mostly expected to go undrafted in the second round, but the 49ers thought enough of him to take him with their first-round pick, No. 31 overall, in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Furthermore, they weren’t the only ones who recognized the Florida product’s potential.

Eric DeCosta, general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, expressed his optimism that Pearsall would have been available for the team “at some point” in the draft. He was shocked to learn that the 49ers had selected him in the first round, one pick ahead of Baltimore, who had selected cornerback Nate Wiggins.

It was a wise choice. DeCosta remarked, “I give those guys a lot of credit” (via Niners Nation). “I believed [Pearsall] was a player we could maybe get who could be a sleeper for us at some point. His name wasn’t exactly a trendy commodity. However, that other player is a really good tape player when you watch him play.”

The young receiver was well-regarded by NFL executives, coaches, and players, a sentiment that was shared throughout the rest of the league.

After San Francisco selected Pearsall, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud went viral for his animated response, saying he “wanted him bad” in Houston.

Many others have predicted that Pearsall will excel in 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme because of his remarkable route-running skills.

Last week, Pearsall stated, “My versatility is going to help me,” on 95.7 The Game’s “Morning Roast”. “I believe that having the flexibility to play a variety of positions and being moved about will benefit me and present me with new opportunities. I think I’m a person who can do that because Coach Shanahan obviously likes to move a lot of players over the field, create mismatches, and create different looks.”

When the 23-year-old arrives for 49ers rookie minicamp on Thursday, he will have the opportunity to prove that those who doubted him were mistaken and that DeCosta and the others who trusted in him were correct.

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