Andrews and the Ravens have had preliminary discussions about a contract extension, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Four of the Ravens' starters on offense come from the 2018 draft class, with Andrews (third round) joined by QB Lamar Jackson (first), OT Orlando Brown (third) and C/G Bradley Bozeman (sixth). Jackson is obviously the priority among that group, but his status as a first-round pick gives the Ravens a fifth-year contract option. Andrews, Brown and Bozeman, on the other hand, can all become free agents during the 2022 offseason. Brown wants to be traded to a team that will permanently move him from right tackle to left tackle, so it won't be any surprise if Andrews is the first guy to get an extension. The tight end isn't a great blocker and has committed more than his fair share of drops the past two years, but he's also one of the top playmakers at his position, sitting on 2,105 receiving yards and 20 TDs through 45 regular-season games.
Andrews caught four of 11 targets for 28 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round loss to the Bills. It was an inefficient night for Andrews, with his 36.4 percent catch rate establishing a new season-worst for games in which he's garnered at least four targets. His 11 looks in the passing game set a new season best for the third-year tight end. But Andrews' most vital opportunity, a contested target by the back pylon of the end zone with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, fell incomplete after ricocheting off his fingertips. He ends the year with 58 catches for 701 yards and seven TDs over 14 regular-season appearances, adding eight receptions for 69 yards over a pair of playoff games. The 25-year-old is under contract with Baltimore for one more season at a cap hit of $1.1 million.
Andrews caught four of six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans. Andrews placed second on the Ravens in all major receiving categories, trailing only wideout Marquise Brown. While that corroborates Andrews' continued strong involvement in the passing game, the offense leaned on its rushing attack to move the ball best Sunday, resulting in mediocre production by the tight end's standards. Although the opponent is yet to be determined, Andrews figures to maintain his role as one of quarterback Lamar Jackson's top options in air attack during next weekend's AFC divisional round.
Andrews had four catches for 27 yards on seven targets against the Bengals. Andrews was held in check in the regular-season finale after racking up six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting against Cincinnati. The star tight end played just 57 percent of the snaps Sunday in the blowout but still garnered a high target volume. Andrews finishes the regular season with 58 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. He will face the Titans in the wild card round Sunday.
Andrews brought in six of 11 targets for 76 yards in the Ravens' 27-13 win over the Giants on Sunday. Andrews led the Ravens' pass catchers across the stat sheet with a strong effort that featured a season-high target tally. The third-year tight end has now recorded at least five receptions and 61 yards in each of his last five games, hitting his stride at the most critical time of the season. Andrews will look to help the Ravens secure playoff positioning and continue serving as one of Lamar Jackson's most consistent targets in a favorable Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.
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|2||09/19||Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|15||12/19||Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
|17||01/02||Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
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