The Baltimore Ravens will be without their star tight end, Mark Andrews, for a significant amount of time. Andrews suffered a high-ankle sprain and a fibula fracture in their 34-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens will have to rely on their second-year player, Isaiah Likely.
The Baltimore Ravens’ second-year player played college football at Coastal Carolina.
Isaiah Likely committed to Coastal Carolina for the 2018 season. Likely appeared in seven games during his freshman season, recording 12 receptions for 106 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He was a member of the 2018-19 Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.
He appeared in 12 games and started in six during his sophomore season. He had 32 receptions for 431 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He was named to the 2019 Phil Steele Sun Belt Conference All-Conference second team and a 2019 All-Sun Belt third team honoree.
He battled injuries but started in 11 games during his junior season. He had 30 receptions for 601 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He was named to the 2020 PFF All-America second team, Phil Steele Sun Belt Conference All-Conference first team, and an All-Sun Belt first-team selection.
He broke out in his senior season. He had 59 receptions for 912 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. He was named to the 2021 Phil Steele Sun Belt Conference All-Conference first-team, All-Sun Belt first team, PFN All-American second team, and PFF’s College Football All-Sun Belt first team.
Likely’s path to the draft.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted Isaiah Likely in the 4th round, 139th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the ninth tight end taken in the draft. He signed a 4-year, $4,164,340 rookie contract, with a $504,340 signing bonus and $504,340 guaranteed.
Likely’s rookie season.
Likely served as the backup to Mark Andrews and Josh Oliver in his rookie season. Likely appeared in 16 games and made two starts. He had 36 receptions for 373 yards and three receiving touchdowns, representing 40% of offensive snaps.
Likely’s second season.
Josh Oliver signed with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2023 offseason. Likely took over as the number two tight end in his second season. He has nine receptions for 89 yards through 11 games and starting in five, representing 32% of offensive snaps.
Expect Likely to take over as the starter for the remainder of the season. Charlie Kolar will also get more playing time, and there is a possibility they sign a veteran.
If Baltimore wants to continue to win games and compete for the AFC North title, Isaiah Likely will have to step up for the injured Mark Andrews. He has big shoes to fill.
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