Ravens Limiting Role of Top Receiving Threat

Zach Brunner
The Ravens are limiting the role of Mark Andrews.
The Ravens are limiting the role of Mark Andrews. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens are fresh off a Week 9 win over the Indianapolis Colts, though it was not an impressive offensive showing. They ran for only 110 yards while passing for 156.

The passing game has not been a strength of theirs, but it appears they are making it even harder on themselves by limiting the role of their top receiving threat, Mark Andrews.

Following a season where Andrews finished with 852 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games, the Ravens tight end has totaled just 297 yards and 5 touchdowns through eight outings this season. His overall production has taken a hit, and some of this is due to the lack of field time.

Andrews ran just 57% of the team's routes in Week 9, leading to a three-catch, 22-yard performance. He also played just 59% of the team's offensive snaps. Notably, he trailed fellow tight end Nick Boyle in both regards, as Boyle ran 60% of the team's routes and played 78% of the snaps.

Andrews has topped 70% of the team's offensive snaps just twice all season, with the last time coming in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lamar Jackson has had a down year, with many of his struggles coming from the lack of a dominant pass-catching threat. Jackson is averaging just 189.1 passing yards per game, which is down nearly 20 yards from last season.

Getting their best receiver on the field more regularly seems like an easy way to help fix a struggling passing attack.

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