All-Pro tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce, along with Carolina Panthers legend Greg Olsen, orchestrated a summit welcome to all tight ends last week called Tight End University.
The event had roughly 40 players in attendance including two members of the Ravens roster. The aforementioned Andrews attended the summit as did reserve tight end Eli Wolf.
Two players who find themselves in very different positions heading into the summer. Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to see each of them putting in the work this offseason.
The Ravens were represented by Mark Andrews and Eli Wolf.
A third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Andrews quickly emerged as one of the best young tight ends in football in his rookie season. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he truly broke out.
Andrews finished his sophomore NFL season with 64 catches for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns establishing himself as not only one of the best tight ends in football but a personal favorite of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
While his numbers dipped slightly in 2020, he remained one of the more productive tight ends in the league hauling in 58 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.
Andrews is already one of the best players at his position, but it’s still great to see him go the extra mile this offseason.
And with the former Oklahoma star eyeing a new contract in the near future, it’s certainly beneficial for him to do everything he can to have a standout season.
As for Wolf, his place on the roster is vastly different. A converted wide receiver, Wolf signed with the Ravens shortly following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent.
He impressed enough in the summer to earn a spot on the practice squad which is where he spent his entire rookie season.
Wolf returns this summer and will be competing for one of the reserve tight end roles on the team alongside the likes of Josh Oliver, Eric Tomlinson, Jacob Breeland, and Tony Poljan.
The 24-year-old is still learning the position after playing wide receiver in college making his appearance at Tight End University all the more significant.
The Ravens have high hopes for their tight ends in 2021. For that reason, it’s encouraging to see Andrews and Wolf take initiative and work on their game as much as possible.