Mark Andrews entered the NFL in 2018 alongside his QB Lamar Jackson, both drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. The duo has become one of the league's best quarterback/tight-end pairings over the last few years. Jackson won himself an MVP award in 2019, while Andrews made his first and only Pro Bowl appearance.
Jackson has proven to be one of the most lethal QBs in the game in his young career. However, despite letting it fly with ease, Jackson also does a good job protecting his receivers. Mark Andrews wanted to make sure everyone knew about that skill this morning, as he mentioned not enough people acknowledging it.
"The thing about Lamar - people don't talk about it - he's always protecting receivers. He doesn't throw you into a headache. He's conscious about where he throws the ball, the angle & leading you into a good spot."Mark Andrews
Andrews is two days removed from signing a hefty four-year contract extension with the Ravens. The deal will net him $56 million over that span, making $14 million per year. It's a well-deserved contract for Andrews, who now becomes the third-highest paid tight end in the league. Now, he's only trailing Travis Kelce ($14.3 million/year) and George Kittle ($15 million/year).
The Ravens have been one of the best teams in football since Jackson got behind the center. Despite minimal playoff success, Jackson boasts a record of 30-7 in regular-season games. As a result, Baltimore has been a popular landing spot for free agents, some of whom turned down more money to play with them.
Unfortunately, the Ravens have lost up-and-coming running back J.K. Dobbins for the year due to an ACL injury. Moreover, they also lost more depth, with third-string RB Justice Hill being ruled out, suffering a season-ending injury himself. In response, Baltimore signed veteran Le'Veon Bell to their practice squad this morning and will likely look to promote him to the active roster soon. Despite early injuries, Baltimore should still be a postseason threat once again this year.