Ravens have a chance to have top tight end duo in the NFL
The Baltimore Ravens have a real chance to have the top tight end duo in the National Football League:
The Baltimore Ravens have a chance to change the way teams in the NFL think about the tight end position. They are going to use tight ends a lot in their run-first offense. The Ravens have three tight ends worth raving about (pun totally intended). Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst have a chance to be the best duo in the game of football.
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Andrews is coming off a great rookie season. His numbers weren’t huge, but he showed what kind of weapon he could be. He averaged over 16 yards per reception and made some of the most important grabs of the entire season. Andrews is the player everybody is talking about at the tight end position, rightfully so.
Hayden Hurst had a milder rookie campaign. Hurst drafted in the first round and he was the player with the big expectations going into 2018. He started the season with an injury and that kind of put him behind the eight ball a bit. He had several really strong moments in the 2018 season, including be the receiver of Lamar Jackson’s first touchdown pass.
Andrews is the one who flashed the most potential, yet Hurst can’t be forgotten. We’re talking about a first round pick who has all the traits a first round pick typically has at the tight end position. Hurst is a big target, a versatile player and his hands are his strongest asset. It would be foolish to think that Hurst wouldn’t get better in his second season. He will surely have the chances to shine.
The reason the Ravens have a chance to feature the best tight end duo in the game is simple. There are good tight end duos around the league, but there aren’t two true number one tight ends on any offense. Hurst and Andrews have a chance to be just as good as each other. Andrews had a head start. That doesn’t mean Hurst won’t catch up.
What if Andrews and Hurst both have similar numbers and they end the season near the top of the Ravens’ receiving statistics? That isn’t hard to imagine happening. Marquise Brown is promising but a rookie. The same thing goes for Miles Boykin. The only truly quantifiable thing the Ravens have for their passing game is Willie Snead.
Andrews and Hurst have a chance to be the best part of the Ravens passing attack. If that happens, and Nick Boyle does standard Nick Boyle things the Ravens will have the best tight end group in the NFL.