Two Ravens players make PFF’s Midseason All-Pro Team

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Halfway through the 2021 NFL season, two Baltimore Ravens players have achieved top honors from Pro Football Focus: tight end Mark Andrews and kicker Justin Tucker.

Sam Monson of PFF recently revealed his Midseason All-Pro team that’s studded with the league’s highest-performing stars including Tom Brady, Derrick Henry, and Cooper Kupp.

Of the tight ends, Andrews was named first-team; Dallas Goedert of the Philadelphia Eagles placed in second.

"“Andrews has seen 49 targets this season compared to 105 last year, but those targets are generating a 129.3 passer rating in 2021 compared to a 99.3 mark last year. He has yet to drop a pass this year after eight drops last season and has brought in six of his eight catchable contested targets.”"

So far, Andrews has recorded the best receiving grade of his career (according to PFF), and after a rough start, he’s quickly re-assumed himself as one of Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets.

2021 may not be a great year for tight ends overall — San Francisco’s George Kittle has been out, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce has slumped, and breakout stars are few and far between, but Andrews remains one of the most consistent and productive names on the list.

Ravens players Mark Andrews and Justin Tucker get midseason recognition

When Baltimore’s wide receiving threats have missed games, Andrews kept the Ravens offense alive. The fourth-year pro has 37 catches for 516 yards recording a career-high 72.5 catch completion percentage.

As for the best kickers, Justin Tucker feels like the obvious choice for any NFL writer given his record-breaking heroics.

Monson picked Tucker on the first team and Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the second.

Tucker’s highlight of the season, as most have already seen, is a 66-yard game-winner that made history as the longest NFL kick ever recorded. He’s been perfect from beyond 50 yards and on extra-point attempts this year and has missed only one field goal (14-of-15).

Tucker and Andrews’ inclusion on this list should come as no surprise given their elite (and often clutch) performances for Baltimore eight weeks into the season.

We’re slightly miffed Lamar Jackson didn’t get a nod, but then again Tom Brady has been taking care of the football extremely well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PFF second-teamer Derek Carr is a more questionable choice).

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If the Ravens continue to win games and solidify their top spot in the AFC North, they have at least two players to thank.