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Mark Andrews wants to change the narrative about wide receivers in Baltimore


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The Pro Bowl tight end wants a better passing attack

While speaking with NBC Sport’s Chris Simms in the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII, Baltimore Ravens star tight end Mark Andrews shared his opinion on what a new offensive coordinator needs to bring to the table.

The Pro Bowl tight end is far from the only person to voice a desire for the Ravens to deploy a high-quality passing attack. Whether be a lackluster passing scheme or a lack of quality pieces at the wide receiver position, Baltimore has needed more from the passing game in recent years.

Andrews has remained the only constant for quarterback Lamar Jackson, with wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown being traded to the Arizona Cardinals during the 2022 NFL Draft and 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman sidelined with injuries for much of his first two seasons.

The Ravens have churned through a bevy of veterans at the position during Jackson’s tenure in Baltimore, including Willie Snead IV, Seth Roberts, Dez Bryant, Sammy Watkins, DeSean Jackson and Demarcus Robinson. Baltimore has also hammered away at it through the draft with six picks being used on receivers since 2019. Despite this, the passing game has only gotten worse since Jackson’s incredible MVP campaign in 2019.

Multiple former players have spoken out about their frustrations with Baltimore’s offense, including Snead, Bryant, and Brown, who requested a trade following his third season with the team. Those same players have insisted that the issue is not Jackson, whose every pass has been examined under a microscope since his days at Louisville, so perhaps with a new direction at offensive coordinator and a renewed focus on the passing game, the Ravens will be able to attract some of the more lucrative receivers on the market going forward.

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