One of the best offenses in the league is improving, just in time for the AFC Championship.
The Baltimore Ravens are officially activating Mark Andrews for Sunday’s game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. Andrews missed two months with what was believed to be a season-ending ankle injury.
The All-Pro tight end makes the Ravens’ already great offense into a lethal combination. Baltimore’s offense ranks fourth in the league in success percentage (47.3%) this season. They get better when they have two tight ends on the field. On 82 12-man plays, the Ravens had a success rate of 48.8%. 63 of those 82 plays came in the 10 weeks that Andrews was healthy. With Andrews among the 12, Baltimore’s pass rate rose to 52.4%.
This level of success doesn’t even take into account the potential rise of backup tight end Isaiah. The second-year tight end came alive in the second half of the season, putting up 316 yards and six touchdowns on 19 catches over the last six weeks. It will likely complement a new-look Ravens offense that has pushed Lamar Jackson back into the MVP conversation and carried Baltimore to the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Before an overhaul of the receiver room in 2023 that brought in Odell Beckham Jr., Nelson Agholor and rookie Zay Flowers, Andrews led the Ravens in scoring the previous two seasons. Now, the all-time favorite gets his first goal back.
“It would mean a lot,” Jackson said He said in a press conference on Wednesday when asked about Andrews’ potential return. “This is my bread and butter, like I said. Big Brother. And that certainly means a lot. We’ve already got guys who have stepped up. Like potentially, Pat, O.B., Nelly, Charlie — you’ve got all these guys who have stepped up. But with Mark and his personality The quality of the player and what he offers us, this will definitely mean a lot.
Kansas City has performed well when facing tight ends this season. They ranked 10th in defensive DVOA during the regular season when covering tight ends, according to FTN Fantasy. However, Bills rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid led Buffalo in receiving yards during the divisional round. Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay was also a limited participant in Chiefs practice this week after suffering a neck injury against Buffalo.