The fourth-round rookie made waves this spring and is already receiving rave opinions from his teammates. One such teammate is none aside from quarterback Lamar Jackson who had a very complimentary comparability for Likely when talking to the media on Thursday.
Jackson referred to Likely as a “baby Mark Andrews,” saying that he was “like a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.” That may turn out to be useful for a Ravens workforce with a very unproven large receiver corps.
The Ravens stunned many after they opted to not choose a large receiver on this 12 months’s draft, as an alternative including two tight ends, Likely and Charlie Kolar. But Likely is seeking to make that call look sensible.
Likely spent 4 years at Coastal Carolina the place he helped lead his workforce to be among the finest Group of 5 colleges within the nation. Much of that was because of his stellar play.
The 22-year-old was twice named first-team All-Sun Belt and was even named FWAA second-team All-American after a wonderful senior 12 months that noticed him end with 59 catches for 912 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns.
The Ravens aren’t anticipating him to return near replicating that manufacturing in 2022. They aren’t asking him to be Mark Andrews, and even “baby Mark Andrews,” however that doesn’t imply he received’t nonetheless have a position.
Likely might be competing with the likes of Nick Boyle, Charlie Kolar, and Josh Oliver for snaps alongside Andrews, and given the workforce’s lack of large receiver depth, these tight ends ought to obtain loads of alternatives.
As Jackson prompt, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Ravens break up Likely out large as a receiver sometimes. His versatility definitely will increase his worth.
Isaiah Likely might by no means be Mark Andrews, however he definitely has a good mentor to study from.