Ravens TE Mark Andrews became an elite player in 2021

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2. Mark Andrews’ all-around skillset

Coming out of college, the biggest knock against Mark Andrews was that he was not a good blocker. Winning the John Mackey Award solidified his value as a pass-catcher, however, his skills as a blocker weren’t on par with most at the NFL level.

But since joining the Ravens, he has improved dramatically in that area of his game. In Greg Roman’s offensive system, it is mandatory that tight ends are heavily involved in the run game.

In 2019, one of the reasons why the Ravens were so dominant was because of their utilization of 13 personnel. The team had Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst so Andrews wasn’t heavily relied upon in the run game back then.

With the departure of Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle’s injury last season, the Ravens needed Andrews to step up his game.

Not only was he still relied upon as their top pass catcher but he also was needed more in the run game.

Mark Andrews has worked tirelessly on his blocking skills and his hard work came to fruition this season.

With his improvement in the blocking department, Mark Andrews is now in the conversation as the best tight end in the league.

He is no longer a one-trick pony and can do everything that is asked of him on the field.