Ravens: Mark Andrews ranked as the No. 6 TE in the NFL by PFF
By Justin Fried
The Baltimore Ravens have seen Mark Andrews develop into one of the best tight ends in football over the last few years and undoubtedly their most productive receiving threat.
Few tight ends have produced more than Andrews has since 2019 and he remains the preferred target of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Pro Football Focus recently released a list ranking the top-32 tight ends in football, and Andrews expectedly ranked near the top. However, his placement at No. 6 on the list could raise a few eyebrows.
Particularly because PFF placed him behind both Kyle Pitts — who hasn’t played a down in the NFL — and Dallas Goedert. Andrews likely deserves a higher ranking.
Ravens’ tight end Mark Andrews deserves to be in the top-4
Just a quick look at the stats will indicate that Andrews is being a little disrespected here. The 2018 third-round pick leads all Ravens players in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns over the last two years.
No tight end has hauled in more touchdowns than Andrews’ 17 since 2019 and only seven players in the entire NFL have recorded more over that time frame.
The only three tight ends with more yards since 2019 are Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller. Needless to say, those three players are the top-three tight ends on PFF’s list.
But it’s hard to argue that Andrews shouldn’t be right behind them.
Goedert, for example, has yet to top 610 yards in a season whereas Andrews has amassed more than 700 in each of the last two seasons. The Eagles’ tight end did miss time last year due to an injury, but is he really a top-five player at his position?
And more importantly, is he better than Andrews? The stats would suggest otherwise.
Of course, Andrews has been the primary target in Baltimore’s passing game — something that could change this season following the additions of Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, and Tylan Wallace in the offseason.
Perhaps the Ravens spread the ball around more, but it’s hard to see Jackson not giving Andrews his fair share of targets.
Andrews is also an effective blocker and an important part of the Ravens’ running game. In fact, Andrews finished the 2019 season with an elite 88.5 PFF grade that ranked him as the No. 2 player at his position.
Perhaps it’s silly to argue over a few measly spots in a meaningless May ranking. After all, Andrews remains one of the best tight ends in football and that’s a near-consensus opinion.
But you can’t help but feel a little disrespect looking at this ranking. Mark Andrews is a top-four player at his position until further notice.