Crockett Gillmore: Ravens' TEs 'best group in the NFL'

Baltimore's Crockett Gillmore doesn't care about the pairing of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in New England -- or any other gaggle of tight ends around the league.

"This is the best group in the NFL," Crockett said of his own position group, per The Baltimore Sun. "I'm not afraid to say it. It's hands down, and there's guys that unfortunately won't be here with the numbers -- it's just you can't keep that many guys. There's going to be some really good, talented guys that can do everything not be here."

Gillmore finished last year on injured reserve with back and shoulder issues, but the third-year tight end was impressive hauling down 33 catches for 412 yards and four scores. The Ravens also house second-year target Maxx Williams, veteran Benjamin Watson and Nick Boyle, who will serve a 10-game suspension to open the season.

There's also the case of Dennis Pitta, trying to come back from a twice-fractured hip. The former starter drew praise last month from coach John Harbaugh, who said Pitta "looks like the same player we've seen in the past."

The Ravens certainly are deep at the position from top to bottom, but they don't house the league's top duo. That goes to the Patriots, who march into September with Gronk and Bennett poised to blow up opponents.

The Seahawks (Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson) and Eagles (Brent Celek and Zach Ertz) house strong pairings at the position, too, while almost every team in the NFL has at least one tight end that can be counted on for reliable -- in some cases, sensational -- production. 

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