Ravens TE Mark Andrews missed much of the 2023 NFL season with injury, forcing Baltimore to turn to backup TE Isaiah Likely. With both healthy in 2024, the team figures to have one of the strongest tight-end units in the NFL.

In their short history, Baltimore has always been stocked with tight-end depth. We’ll explore some of those names in this Betway Insider top 10.

As usual, all stats are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and are accurate through the end of the 2023 NFL regular season.

Who is the Baltimore Ravens starting Tight End for the 2023 season?

The Baltimore Ravens starting tight end for the 2023 NFL season was Mark Andrews, who’s been the starter since 2018.

Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends History

 Ravens tight end history is a head-to-head between two men: current starter Mark Andrews and longtime starter Todd Heap. Neither have a ring but both have multiple Pro Bowl appearances.

Famous Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends

Other famous tight ends for the Ravens include playoff stars like Shannon Sharpe and Dennis. Both of them caught multiple touchdown passes en route to Super Bowl victories.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends of All Time

  1. Hayden Hurst, 2018-2019

The Ravens made current Bengals TE Hayden Hurst a first-round pick back in 2018… the same year they selected TE Mark Andrews in the third round. Hint on how well the Hurst draft pick worked out: only one of the two is still on the team.

Hurst only managed 512 yards across two seasons in Baltimore before he was shipped to Atlanta for a second and a fifth-round pick. His highlight in Baltimore? A touchdown catch in the 2019 playoffs against the Tennessee Titans.

  1. Nick Boyle, 2015-2022

Former Ravens tight end Nick Boyle spent his entire eight-year NFL career in Baltimore. He was long considered one of the best blocking TEs in the NFL, helping him earn 53 starts for the Ravens across his lengthy stay in Maryland.

Boyle occasionally chipped in as a pass-catcher, too. His 1,049 career receiving yards are the seventh-most by a tight end in Ravens history -- he peaked with 321 receiving yards in 2019.

  1. Isaiah Likely, 2022-Present

Current Baltimore Ravens backup TE Isaiah Likely is “likely” good enough to start for at least half of the teams in the NFL -- instead, he has to settle for a job as Mark Andrews’s understudy.

Despite running fewer routes than preferred, Likely still has accumulated 784 receiving yards in two seasons. His eight career receiving touchdowns are already tied for the fourth-most amongst Ravens tight ends -- Likely even added another one in the Ravens’ postseason win against the Houston Texans

  1. Owen Daniels, 2014

Former Ravens TE Owen Daniels spent just one season in Baltimore, and many NFL fans likely remembered him for his eight-year stint as a Houston Texan.

Daniels was extremely effective in his one campaign in Baltimore, hauling in 48 catches for 527 yards and four scores. He caught another touchdown against the New England Patriots in a narrow AFC Divisional Round loss in Foxborough.

  1. Eric Green, 1996-1998

Eric Green played on both sides of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry, spending the first five seasons of his career in Pittsburgh and three later seasons in Baltimore. This past Ravens TE may have been a 2x Pro Bowler in Pittsburgh, but he proved he had plenty left in the tank in Baltimore.

After playing just six games in 1996, Green bounced back with 601 yards and five receiving touchdowns in 1997. In all, he totaled the sixth-most receiving yards amongst all Baltimore tight ends.

  1. Ed Dickson, 2010-2013

Former Ravens TE Ed Dickson spent the first four seasons of his career in Baltimore. He was used in a variety of different roles alongside various tight ends, like an aging Todd Heap and a young Dennis Pitta. Dickson’s strong blocking skills kept him on the field.

Dickson was also useful as a receiver, catching 54 passes for 528 yards and five scores in 2011 (he started each game). He started to cede playing time to Pitta in 2012 and saw his receiving numbers drop across the board.

Even so, Dickson has the fifth-most receiving yards amongst Ravens tight ends.

  1. Shannon Sharpe, 2000-2001

Yes, Pro Football Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe spent a pair of seasons as the starting tight end in Baltimore. When he joined Baltimore, the franchise had never made the postseason. In Sharpe’s first season, he caught 67 passes for 810 yards and helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl (thanks in part to his 230 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs).

Sharpe was a Pro Bowler in Baltimore and had the instant impact GM Ozzie Newsome was so badly craving for the Ravens offense. Sharpe has the second-highest yards/game of any Ravens tight end with at least five games played.

  1. Dennis Pitta, 2010-2016

Former Baltimore TE Dennis Pitta earns the #3 spot on this list thanks to his stellar 2012 postseason run. He caught three touchdowns to go alongside 163 receiving yards as the Ravens stormed to their second-ever Super Bowl title.

Pitta had two 600+ receiving-yard seasons in Baltimore, highlighted by a 729-yard performance in his final campaign (2016). He ranks third in practically every franchise tight-end receiving statistic.

Pitta looked like he could’ve ranked even higher on this list at the start of his career. However, considering he helped bring the franchise a Super Bowl, we’re sure most Ravens fans won’t complain.

  1. Todd Heap, 2001-2010

Somehow, former Ravens TE Todd Heap never won a Super Bowl in Baltimore. He was drafted in the first round immediately after the franchise’s first title and then retired just two seasons before their second.

None of this was his fault: Heap has more receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns than any TE in Ravens history. The 2x Pro Bowler had three 750+ receiving yard seasons and six 500+ receiving seasons. Heap also has the most postseason receiving yards in Ravens history.

  1. Mark Andrews, 2018-Present

Why is current Baltimore TE Mark Andrews the best tight end in Ravens history? Here’s his Baltimore resume:

  • 1x First-team All-Pro
  • 3x Pro Bowler
  • First Ravens TE to break 1,000+ receiving yards in a single season (tallying 1,361 in 2021)
  • Three 800+ receiving yard seasons

If Andrews stays healthy in 2024, he will hold the franchise TE record in almost every meaningful category. He has made life for QB Lamar Jackson categorically easier and is one of the best tight ends of his generation.

Parameters of Rankings

Rankings are made based on a combination of 1) individual accomplishments, 2) team success, 3) franchise legacy, and 4) personal accolades.

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