Mark Andrews Lauded As Star of Training Camp
If there’s one player who has stood out for the Ravens throughout the entire preseason, going all the way back to Organized Team Activities three months ago, it’s tight end Mark Andrews.
Andrews’ performances, as well as his highly competitive demeanor, have earned him high praise from a number of media members, including The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec and ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. The 2018 third-round pick out of Oklahoma was named the Ravens’ best offensive player in training camp by Zrebiec, and the training camp MVP by Hensley.
“Mark Andrews probably caught more balls than any other offensive player,” Zrebiec wrote. “He regularly got the best of Ravens defenders, not only on short and intermediate routes, but also down the field. He also had no problem reminding his teammates about it, bringing a much-needed swagger to a new-look offense.”
Hensley noted the chemistry that Andrews has developed with quarterback Lamar Jackson, which began last season.
Andrews was involved in one of the Ravens’ most important and memorable plays of 2018, when he caught a 74-yard touchdown pass from Jackson for the go-ahead score in a crucial victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16.
“As rookies last season, Andrews and quarterback Lamar Jackson made an instant connection,” Hensley wrote. “That has carried over into this year’s training camp, where Andrews has been Jackson’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. And Andrews has been a touchdown monster.”