Ravens tight end Mark Andrews shining early in training camp
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews could very well be in store for a huge breakout season in 2019. While encountering quite the successful rookie campaign for the Ravens a season ago, it appears as though the up-and-coming tight end is already showing signs of a possible upswing at this year’s installment of training camp.
“In his first week of camp as a rookie last year, Andrews looked unsure of himself and seemed to lack explosiveness,” writes Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. “This year, he’s been the Ravens’ most dangerous and productive offensive player. Andrews seems to be well on his way to becoming one of the top young tight ends in the league.”
The 23-year-old Andrews was originally selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. As a result of his first go-round atop the highest level in 2018-19, Andrews appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Ravens en route to catching 34 passes for 552 receiving yards and three touchdowns. It is also worth noting that he averaged over 16 yards per catch as a rookie last season.
“Andrews is a former wideout who plays with a receiver’s mentality in a tight end’s body,” read is 2018 NFL Draft profile on NFL.com. “He is a pass-catcher with a deft feel for route adjustments and operating in space against zone coverage. Andrews is a big, reliable target who doesn’t need a spacious catch window to haul it in. Despite his size, he lacks the desire and fundamentals as a blocker which will hurt his standing with some teams. He should be able to find early catches and production as a solid pass-catching tight end in the league.”
As it stands today, Andrews is competing for playing time against fellow Ravens tight ends Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle.