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Countdown to Week 1: No. 89, TE Mark Andrews

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Third-year tight end Andrews is among the elite at his position

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Sorry folks, I’m in the midst of summer courses, moving into a new house and starting a new job. I thought I had these scheduled already. Alas, I did not and now this is getting backdated. Anyways, here is the first offensive player to make the Countdown to Week 1. Day 89: Mark Andrews.

How Andrews Became a Raven

Another current lifetime Raven on the list as Andrews was picked in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft (No. 86 overall). He was the second tight end picked by the Ravens in the draft as Hayden Hurst was selected in the first round (No. 25 overall). He joins a long list of Sooners drafted into the NFL. In fact, there have been 377 Sooners drafted to be exact.

Career as a Raven

Two years in, we’ve witnessed the exponential growth of Andrews becoming a blue chip tight end. In his first season, Andrews was a bit behind on the depth chart and meshing with the system. His rookie campaign ended with a respectable 550 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He looked ready for the next step and he entered 2019 ready to break out. Not a week into training camp news circulated of Andrews being the real deal. He was breaking down the Ravens’ defense and winning matchups consistently. This did not cease when the games began, either. In 15 games, he finished with 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his second season, Andrews led all tight ends in touchdowns and tied with Cooper Kupp for second-most receiving touchdowns in 2019. Only Kenny Golladay caught more touchdown passes in 2019.

Mark Andrews career stats

Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Mark Andrews 31 98 1404 45.3 13 73

2019 Highlights

Contract info

Andrews is still on his rookie contract. He is most certainly playing above his pay grade as he signed a four-year/$3.4 million. At his current pace, he may command more than $11 million AAV. The current highest tight end contract (omitting Hunter Henry’s franchise tag) was the four-year/$42 million deal signed by Browns TE Austin Hooper earlier this year. It also came with $23 million guaranteed.

Outlook for 2020

Go outside and look up. That’s the limit for Andrews in 2020. Andrews turns 24-years-old only a week before the season starts and if anything, he’s just entering his prime. The chemistry he displays with QB Lamar Jackson is among the best between any pass-catcher and quarterback in the NFL. He already notched double-digit touchdowns and it would come to the surprise of nobody if he does it again.