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Year 2 breakout stars emerging in mandatory Minicamp

No sophomore slumps for these guys

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The buzz of minicamp in Owings Mills, Maryland, has some sophomore’s avoiding the dreaded year two slump. First up, tight end Mark Andrews.

This time last season, The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec noted he was uncertain whether or not Andrews would contribute as a rookie. Now, the sophomore is among the best on the field for minicamp.

By seasons’ end, Andrews demonstrated his ability to make plays and become Lamar Jackson’s most consistent target. Andrews caught 13 of 18 targets for 308 yards and one touchdown. He only improved as the season wore on, and he’s coming into year two as a standout performer. This could be an exciting season for the tandem Andrews and Jackson.

After Andrews balled out yesterday, a defensive prospect shined their light by intercepting Robert Griffin III today. NFL, meet DeShon Elliott.

Many were excited about drafting DeShon Elliott. His speed and toughness on the gridiron exemplified ‘Play Like A Raven.’ His tenacity in the preseason, not wanting to get off the field when he was a bit banged up showed just how badly he wanted to go to battle. In the end, he suffered a broken forearm and watched the entire 2018-19 season, without stepping onto the football field.

Now, Elliott’s back on the field, balling, and defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale is taking notice.

Elliott’s always been on my radar and I very much look forward to his performance come training camp and beyond.