The Steelers invited former Ravens tight end Nick Boyle to try out at their rookie minicamp. Despite playing his entire seven-year career as a tight-end for the Ravens, Boyle intends to transition to long snapper if he is picked up by the Steelers.
But this move is not unexpected. As one of the best blocking tight ends in the league, Boyle’s presence on the Steelers’ special teams could prove valuable, which earned him a tryout invitation.
During his tenure with the Ravens, Boyle saw little action as a pass-catcher, as he only accumulated 1,049 yards throughout his seven-year career. But Boyle’s presence as a blocker and on special teams was enough for the Ravens to keep him around.
With the emergence of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ potent rushing game, Boyle saw an increased role in the offense as both a blocker and catcher. In 2019, during Lamar Jackson’s MVP campaign, Boyle saw his best season on paper, catching 321 yards and two touchdowns.
Prior to his tenure with the Ravens, Boyle was a fifth-round Draft pick out of Delaware. In college, Boyle was a standout pass-catcher and blocker, accumulating 984 yards and 12 touchdowns throughout his career with the Blue Hens.
Boyle’s efforts with the Blue Hens was enough to cement himself as the Delaware all-time tight end leader in receptions. He also ranked No. 2 all-time among tight ends in yards and touchdowns for the Blue Hens.
While Boyle played tight end for his entire professional and college career, he actually has experience at long snapper. Boyle played long snapper during his high school career in New Jersey. Nonetheless, it has yet to be seen if Boyle’s training and high school experience will translate to the NFL.