The Baltimore Ravens sign undrafted free agent Oregon Ducks tight end Jacob Breeland. Breeland spent four seasons with the Ducks and finally began seeing big usage his senior season. He had 26 catches for 405 yards (15.6 per) and six touchdowns in six games, but suffered a knee injury in October that ended his season. That injury hurt his draft stock, as those 26 receptions were the most he had in any season prior.
Breeland is at his best as a receiver, as he has good size and ability to track deep passes and rise up for receptions. He does have great speed but can absorb hits after the catch and pick up extra yards. But, his athletic profile just isn’t up to NFL standards. He will need to become a much better blocker to stick in the league as a tight end and that will likely mean putting on more bulk, which would be a detriment to his offensive ability, which is why he was picked up in the first place.
Jacob Breeland projects as a complimentary tight end at the NFL level. I appreciate his exposure to using his size as a weapon to compliment other routes and schemed targets — they will come in handy at the next level given his own limitations as an athlete and help him in the long run. Breeland probably won’t ever become a man beater in the pass game but he’ll make for a reliable target in the shallows vs. zone and serve well as a TE2 or TE3 on a roster. — Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
Fantasy football impact
Breeland will likely need to have everything fall into place perfectly while also showing improvement across the board before getting a real chance for fantasy value. The Ravens are a good place for a tight end to gain experience, as they are heavily used in Baltimore. He could end up making the roster due to their extra need for tight ends, but playing time isn’t guaranteed anytime soon.