Ravens impressive rookie TE Isaiah Likely has ‘made the most’ of his opportunities

Ravens impressive rookie TE Isaiah Likely has ‘made the most’ of his opportunities

Published August 22, 2022
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In preseason action, Likely has displayed a knack for finding soft holes in the defense and sticky hands, catching all 12 of his targets through two outings. The continued trajectory of the rookie from offseason novelty, to training camp dazzler, to preseason marvel has Likely in line for a sizable role when the season begins.

“We expected him to be a really good player,” head coach John Harbaugh said Sunday, via the team’s official website. “To be honest with you, I’d say he’s exactly what we expected. He’s had some opportunities, he’s made the most of them. He asks good questions and goes to work every day, he doesn’t get flustered. He makes a mistake, he cleans it up.”

With questions at receiver, Likely is playing his way into two-tight end reps alongside Mark Andrews. The rookie’s uncanny ability to keep himself open against zones and when the play breaks down has been evident all offseason. Sunday, he also showed he could make hay after the catch, turning a modest gain into a chunk one with a nifty move in space.

“Everybody wants to be able to catch the ball, but it’s really what you can do after the catch,” Likely said. “That’s something I’ve preached whether it’s in-game or even in practice. Having that in-game feel so that when I get in-game, that’s not the first time I’ve ever done it.”