Sport SN source: Ravens tight ends coach Greg Roman re-signing with Baltimore

19:36  05 january  2018
19:36  05 january  2018 Source:   Sporting News

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Coach Greg Roman isn't going anywhere after all. A source tell Sporting News that Roman will be re - signing with the Baltimore Ravens and given an assistant head coach designation.

Greg Roman . Senior Offensive Assistant / Tight Ends Coach . Greg Roman is in his second stint with the Baltimore Ravens , re -joining the team in 2017 as senior offensive assistant/ tight ends coach .

Baltimore Ravens tight end Coach Greg Roman isn't going anywhere after all.

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A source tell Sporting News that Roman will be re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens and given an assistant head coach designation. Roman's contract was set to expire with the Ravens and he was prepared to pursue opportunities elsewhere, but with the Ravens showing improvement in their running game over the course of the 2017 season, Baltimore stepped up to keep him in the fold.

The Ravens finished 11th in the NFL in 2017 with 1,856 rushing yards, dramatically up from their 2016 ranking of 28th, finishing 1,463 yards on the ground. The Ravens averaged 116 yards per game in 2017 versus just over 91 in 2016.

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Significant injuries to three of the team’s tight ends kept the Ravens from getting a true gauge on how good they could have been last year, but count new Tight Ends Coach Greg Roman among those with high expectations for the group in 2017.

The Baltimore Ravens axed their offensive coordinator mid-season last year and thus far have not decided to replace him. But they did replace their tight ends coach with Greg Roman , who will bring along with him the additional title of offensive assistant.

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Roman previously served as the offense coordinator for San Francisco and Buffalo. Not only did those teams excel in the ground game, Roman also has done a solid job in helping the development of the young quarterbacks he has worked with. Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Tyrod Taylor (Bills) are two.

Roman is expected to continue to work closely with Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

This is Roman's second tenure on the Ravens' coaching staff. He previously served as the team's offensive line assistant from 2006-07.

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