OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Mark Andrews surpassed 4,000 career yards this past weekend. He downplayed the performance – but Baltimore Ravens teammate Calais Campbell was happy to reflect.
“I think that was pretty cool. He’s going to hit a lot more milestones, though,” said Campbell, a defense attorney. “He’s a great player and as long as he stays healthy he’s well on his way to a golden jacket.”
Health has actually been an issue for Andrews lately, but he played almost every offensive snap in the Ravens’ 13-3 win over Carolina. He finished with six catches for 63 yards, not a spectacular play but a sign he has a chance to give Baltimore their usual level of production.
Andrews is having the best season of his career in 2021 — 107 catches for 1,361 yards and an All-Pro nod. If anything, he could be even more important to Baltimore’s offense this year.
After trading receiver Marquise Brown in the offseason, the Ravens lost Rashod Bateman to a foot injury. Running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards also missed time. Andrews aside, quarterback Lamar Jackson lacks elite, healthy talent to give the ball to, and it’s starting to show. Baltimore hasn’t scored more than 27 points since Week 3, and the Ravens have been held at a season-low by the Panthers.
Andrews was kept without a catch in an Oct. 23 win against Cleveland and managed just three receptions the following week at Tampa Bay. Then he was inactive when the Ravens defeated New Orleans.
Baltimore’s open appointment gave him some extra time to recover from the knee and shoulder issues he was dealing with and he was a key target for Jackson last weekend. He said he felt “great” as he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.
“I think every stage helped us eventually win a game,” he said. “Special teams (and) defense are absolutely on the ball, and we’ve had some really good games offensively. So I think we have to get it together, everyone plays together and the sky is the limit.”
Andrews was drafted in the third round in 2018 — the same year the Ravens took Jackson in the first — and has 4,017 career yards behind him, which is good for third on the team’s receiving list behind Derrick Mason (5,777). and Todd Heap (5,492) is. He made it clear he has bigger concerns than his recent milestone.
“It’s cool,” Andrews said. “It’s a cool recognition but I’m just worried about the win (and) this team and there’s still a long way to go.”
Campbell, on the other hand, can absolutely appreciate it. He’s nearing his own mark – he’s two sacks under 100 – and it’s a treat when a teammate accomplishes something special.
“He doesn’t care. It’s just like, ‘Keep playing football, let’s have some fun, let’s win some ball games,'” Campbell said. “Well, I think it’s good for the rest of us to take a moment and say, ‘You’re a beast. Much respect.’”
NOTES: Jackson did not practice Wednesday due to a hip problem, but coach John Harbaugh said he will play in Jacksonville this weekend. … Edwards (thigh/knee) was restricted, and S. Kyle Hamilton (knee) and T. Ronnie Stanley (ankle) did not compete.
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