George Kittle, Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen have decided to hold a tight end summit in Nashville this summer. They follow in the footsteps of Von Miller, who has been hosting a pass rushing summit over the past four years. That spurred NFL offensive line guru Duke Manyweather to hold “OL Masterminds”, an offensive linemen summit in response to Miller gathering the best pass rushers. Kittle, Kelce and Olsen have now joined the party, dubbing their summit “Tight End University.”
TEU: @gkittle46, @Gregolsen88, and @tkelce have teamed up this summer to create a Tight-End summit, featuring the position’s top talent from across the league. Follow @te_university on TW and IG for further updates.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 13, 2021
A litany of tight ends have decided to join forces this summer. So far, TE University’s twitter has announced the expected presence of Noah Fant, T.J. Hockenson, Darren Waller, Mike Gesicki, David Njoku, Eric Ebron, Zach Ertz, Robert Tonyan and now. . . Mark Andrews.
Andrews has amassed the most touchdowns of any tight end in the NFL (17) over the past two seasons. He’s also improved significantly as a blocker, particularly in the run game. That’s still the area where Andrews has the most room for growth, considering his receiving prowess.
If you defend Mark Andrews in the red zone with a DB, he might just block you into the end zone. pic.twitter.com/HoaTiodUVj— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) October 6, 2019
Seeing Andrews join such a diverse crew of tight ends to exchange philosophy is exciting. WIth Baltimore adding more receiving talent in Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace, pressure will be taken off of the former Sooner. Teams like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati keyed on Andrews using combination coverages to force the ball into the hands of other receivers. As Andrews appears to be hitting his prime, any improvement is sure to take him over the top as he continues to grow and learn.