Ravens Week 2 Stock Report: Lamar Jackson’s big game isn’t enough

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One of the Ravens’ former Pro Bowlers on the roster, Mark Andrews is a homegrown talent who has grown alongside Lamar Jackson. The two have formed a strong connection which has led to success for each player. In Week 2, they got back their stride after a slow opening week.

Against the Dolphins, Andrews had nine receptions, 104 receiving yards, and a touchdown. While in motion, he also added a key sneak to gain three yards and a key early first down.

Scoring the 30th touchdown of his career on Sunday was a sign of what was to come. On third downs, Jackson looked his way. When the Dolphins left the middle of the field open, Jackson looked his way. When the Ravens needed a big play, Jackson looked his way.

The former third-round pick out of Oklahoma has seen two of his former college teammates demand trades and depart the team. After seeing Marquise Brown and Orlando Brown Jr. force their way out of Baltimore, one may think Andrews would do the same.

Instead, Andrews signed a massive four-year, $56 million deal. This same contract now looks minuscule compared to the other deals being given out. Especially knowing that Andrews is the No. 1 target on the Ravens.

In Week 3, the Ravens are going to need a big boost in production, especially in the clutch moments that faltered last week. Andrews will be a critical part of the game plan in this game and each one moving forward.

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In week 1, Andrews was not effectively utilized. In week 2, Andrews had the opportunity to shine. He proved that he is still a top-tier target in the league and is looking to establish himself as one of, if not the best tight end in the NFL.