Ravens do-it-all performer Patrick Ricard is working this spring to expand his role even more for the upcoming season — but even though he’s meeting with the tight ends via Zoom, he’s not penciling himself in as Baltimore’s new third tight end.
Ricard explained the Ravens are doing virtual OTAs Monday through Thursday, with four hours of work each day. The players meet on Zoom with their position coaches for two hours every day. Ricard meets with tight ends coach Bobby Engram, which isn’t unusual for the fullback-defensive lineman hybrid.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who was Baltimore’s tight ends coach and running game coordinator from 2017-2018, had Ricard in his position meetings during those two seasons.
“The main reason why I’m near the tight ends is because that’s where I started my career, in that room, because Greg Roman was the tight ends coach and he was the run game coordinator and he wanted me in there with him,” Ricard said on Glenn Clark Radio May 7. “So I just stayed in there versus being in the running backs room. And then last year, I did play some tight end, so now it’s all about just expanding my role, just kind of learning more so I can be used more and get more snaps and be more valuable to the team.”
Baltimore’s top two tight ends are unquestionably Mark Andrews (64 catches, 852 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Nick Boyle, a blocking tight end who played 70 percent of the Ravens’ offensive snaps last year. But with the trade of former first-round pick Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons in March, there’s an opening on the roster for a third tight end.
Charles Scarff, who spent last year on the practice squad, is on the roster, and Oregon’s Jake Breeland and Georgia’s Eli Wolf were signed as undrafted free agents. Scarff caught 67 passes for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns at Delaware from 2016-2018, while Breeland was on his way to a career year at Oregon last fall and Wolf caught 13 passes for 194 yards in his lone year at Georgia in 2019.
“Any of those guys could also be that Hayden Hurst,” Ricard said.
Last year, Ricard played 31 percent of the Ravens’ offensive snaps, 14 percent of defensive snaps and 23 percent of special teams snaps. He was signed as an undrafted free-defensive lineman out of Maine in 2017 after racking up 208 tackles and 18 sacks for the Black Bears from 2013-2016, but he’s been mostly used on the other side of the ball in Baltimore.
His defensive background allows him to focus on the offensive side during his meetings without losing too much defensively.
“Right now, I’m fully invested into the offense just to learn it more,” Ricard said. “Defensively, there’s only so much you can install and do. Offense, I don’t know everything – a lot of the routes, some of the protection stuff, even some of the run plays as a tight end or whatever. So I’ve been in there mostly. And then if I have any other questions, I just talk to my D-line coach [Joe Cullen] right now.”
Ricard is getting back into the swing of things after an offseason that saw him get married to his longtime girlfriend, Hayley. Ricard got recommendations from Ravens receiver Chris Moore and former Ravens defensive lineman Chris Wormley to go to the Maldives, a group of islands south of India. Patrick and Hayley left the night after their wedding and stayed at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort for two weeks.
“It was crazy. The water’s crystal clear, and it’s like a lagoon, so the water’s only like 2, 3 feet deep around the whole island,” Ricard said. “You can just walk around everywhere. It was super private because there’s only so many people there on that little island so it kind of feels like your island.”
“We decided this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go somewhere like this because we’re never going to go that far again,” Ricard added. “It was long travel to get there.”
For more from Ricard, listen to the full interview here:
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