“We’re eating together. We’re lifting together. We’re getting taped before practice together,” Hurst told Zrebiec. “It’s kind of funny. It’s a little bromance, you can say.”
Zrebiec wrote: “Andrews, Boyle and Hurst have become inseparable, bonded by similar personalities and shared goals. Boyle, Andrews and Hurst meet up semi-regularly to have dinner or play video games. When they’re not together, they’re often texting one another about a play from practice, a joke from earlier in the day or accusations one of them has violated the bromance.”
The three tight ends all have different skillsets, and they learn from each other, Zrebiec wrote.
“Andrews, Boyle and Hurst have regularly stayed after practice to catch balls from the JUGS machine. They watch tape together and they’re continually discussing plays and responsibilities,” Zrebiec wrote. “They’re also not opposed to borrowing from each other’s moves. Boyle said he’d learned different releases from watching Andrews and Hurst practice. Boyle, meanwhile, is the example to follow when it comes to his commitment to blocking.”
Andrews, Hurst and Boyle are expected to be significant contributors this season for the Ravens, who used more multiple tight end-sets more than any other team last year. The three of them are competitive, but they celebrate one another’s successes.
“If somebody makes a play, it gets the whole group going,” Andrews told Zrebiec. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s fun to be in that type of environment. It’s kind of weird and probably rare for the NFL to have a group that’s so close and so tight. We’re a bunch of guys that look after each other. We compete with each other, but we also feed off each other. It’s one of those things that I think started organically and grew from there. Now, we’re all best friends.”
Ogden, Yanda Make Team of PFF Era
Pro Football Focus, which has been collecting data and grading every player on every play of every game in the NFL for the past 13 seasons, named the players at each position with the best single-season grades in the PFF era.
Two Ravens made the list: Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden and right guard Marshal Yanda. Ogden received a 95.0 grade for his 2007 season, which is PFF’s highest-graded season ever for an offensive lineman. Yanda had a 93.8 grade for his 2015 campaign.