Baltimore Ravens rookie preview: Mark Andrews

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Tight end Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Tight end Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 02: Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners makes a touchdown pass reception in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs during Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 02: Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners makes a touchdown pass reception in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs during Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Projection for Mark Andrews in his rookie season:

The one thing I think the Ravens improve the most on with the addition of Andrews, is scoring in the red zone. As I mentioned earlier, Andrews was a touchdown machine at OU; he put up 22 touchdowns in three seasons. Matching his eight touchdowns of his junior season would be a tough ask in his first year in the NFL. Andrews will likely end up with about five touchdowns in year one.

The Ravens passing game actually has a lot of weapons now. Each player is going to fit into their specific role in the offense. Hurst is going to get his fair share of targets, especially because he was the first pick of the Ravens 12 man rookie class. Michael Crabtree will be the number one receiver. John Brown, Willie Snead and maybe even Jaleel Scott or Jordan Lasley will work into the equation as well. Andrews will total anywhere from 35 to 50 receptions in 2018. Being a weapon in the slot, Andrews will make an impact on the offense.

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The important thing to remember about Andrews is that he is a red zone threat. The Ravens need all the help they can get at getting into the end zone. Andrews may not lead the team in receptions but when he gets the football, he will make sure it matters.

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