The Baltimore Ravens missed out on last season’s playoffs after finishing with an 8-9 record.
They were 8-3 at one point and poised to clinch their fourth consecutive postseason berth.
Unfortunately, injuries to the key players robbed them of the opportunity to remain competitive.
Since then, the Ravens lost their last six games to bow out of contention.
Worst yet, they don’t have a proven option at wide receiver after trading Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals.
However, it was not all bad fortune for the Ravens because tight end Mark Andrews had a breakout season.
Ravens TE Mark Andrews finished sixth in the NFL with 1,361 receiving yards last season. Finished ahead of Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, etc.
Feels like he doesn't get enough credit for such a monster campaign.
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) June 21, 2022
Sports and gambling editor Kyle Odegard tweeted, “Ravens TE Mark Andrews finished sixth in the NFL with 1,361 receiving yards last season. Finished ahead of Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, etc. Feels like he doesn’t get enough credit for such a monster campaign.”
Andrews did accomplish it under the radar but it deserves recognition.
In his first three seasons with the Ravens, he was a consistent contributor with 552, 852, and 701 receiving yards.
But he stepped up when their starters were sidelined and proved that he can be a primary target on offense.
Ravens Find Value In Positions That Don’t Get Much Hype
Baltimore has remained competitive because they strengthen their roster in areas wherein not many teams do.
Andrews is a perfect example because tight ends often take a back seat to wide receivers and running backs.
Brown’s departure was his gain and the Ravens might keep it that way.
After all, they still won eight games with a depleted roster.
Getting Andrews more involved might be unconventional but it works for the Ravens.
Likewise, the Ravens have the knack for finding great talent in the draft’s middle rounds.
In effect, they don’t have to pay as much but get quality players.
It’s the formula that kept them as contenders even if their style on offense is against the flow.