Andrews seems driven to improve regardless of what coaches relate to him. He’s highly-motivated to get the most out of his talent. He had to prove himself in college at Oklahoma, an elite program where the competition was always intense. As a third-round pick last season, Andrews kept making plays in practices and in games kept getting better as the season progressed. Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t need to say much to Andrews, yet he’s always open to being taught.
“Mark takes coaching really well, but he’s thoughtful,” Harbaugh said. “He knows when he messed up. He’ll be the first one when he comes back to tell you what it was before you even have to say it.”
One of the biggest plays of the Ravens’ 2018 season was a 74-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Andrews, the go-ahead score in a Week 16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Without that play, the Ravens may not have won the game. Without that victory, the Ravens would have missed the playoffs.
Andrews wants more of those big plays this season, taking advantage of his ability to break tackles and find seams in the defense. It’s still early, but Andrews is having a strong training camp, one that makes him even more excited for the upcoming season.
“I’ve kind of always prided myself as a guy to get those YAC [yards after catch] yards, being able to make a guy miss or going over the top,” Andrews said. “I’ve always felt like I have a good knack for that. I’ve worked a lot. I know what my bread and butter is, catching routes, getting open and getting yards after the catch. So, that was definitely something I focused on as well. I think the game has just slowed down a ton for me.”