Monday was a busy day for the Baltimore Ravens. They made a few roster moves, signing defensive back Tae Hayes to the practice squad and releasing quarterback Anthony Brown to make room for him.
But, the biggest takeaway from the news round-up involves tight end Mark Andrews. The star player has been dealing with an undisclosed injury, which has kept him on the sidelines. However, that is going to change this week.
According to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Andrews is set to return to practice on Wednesday. That is the same day that Baltimore will have to release their first official injury report of the season.
That is excellent news for a new-look Ravens offense. After years of emphasizing the running game, utilizing Lamar Jackson’s unique athleticism under center with Greg Roman, Baltimore made a change this offseason.
Todd Monken is taking over as offensive coordinator and is expected to open things up. The Ravens are going to become more of a passing team, something that Jackson is admittedly excited for.
That could mean some more production for Andrews, who has turned into one of the best tight ends in the NFL. In five seasons, he has three Pro Bowl nods and one All-Pro First Team nomination as well.
The high level of production to which the Ravens have become accustomed should continue with the new passing-centric offense; the only difference is Andrews will now have more help. It won’t be a one-man show any longer as the Ravens added wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers and Nelson Agholor to bolster the passing offense.
After missing two games last season and seeing his production slip, the Ravens have to be happy that he will be returning to practice this week. He is trending in the right direction to be on the field when his team hosts the Houston Texans in Week 1 on Sunday afternoon.