Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has spent a great deal of time with quarterback Lamar Jackson, as the two stars were drafted by the Ravens the same year in 2018.
It didn’t take long for Andrews to become Jackson’s favorite target, and here we are in their sixth season together, and not much has changed.
Going into Baltimore’s Week 9 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Andrews raved about Jackson and what he means to the team.
“He’s just so special in everything he does,” Andrews told The Lounge podcast this week. “He’s the epitome of what we’re all trying to be and what a Raven is.”
Andrews, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oklahoma, was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, catching 34 passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns. By his second season, he was a Pro Bowler after hauling in 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 scores.
Overall, Andrews has made three trips to the Pro Bowl and has also earned a First-Team All-Pro selection over his first five NFL seasons. His most productive year came in 2021, when he hauled in 107 receptions for 1,361 yards and nine scores.
He took a bit of a step back last season compared to 2021 but was still very effective, snaring 73 balls for 847 yards while reaching the end zone five times.
Through the first eight games of this season, Mark Andrews has logged 32 catches for 397 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson has thrown for 1,767 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 70.5 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 101. He has also rushed for 380 yards and five scores while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Baltimore is 6-2 on the year and is riding a three-game winning streak as it gets set to battle the Seahawks. The Ravens are one-and-a-half games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North division.