Mark Andrews, the 'Monster,' broke the Ravens' franchise record in a 'Beastly' fashion.
On December 12, against the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews set a new single-season franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, and he did so in dramatic fashion.
Andrews turned a routine crossing route completion into a thrilling 32-yard gain for the Ravens offense, gaining nearly 20 yards after the catch while being pursued by four Browns defenders.
Andrews broke longtime Ravens tight end Todd Heap's franchise record on the highlight play, according to Bobby Trosset of WBAL Baltimore.
On December 13, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was "impressed" by Andrews' effort on the play, describing it as "pretty beastly."
Even Browns fans had to applaud Andrews' performance in Cleveland, where he rushed for 115 yards.
After one of his 11 receptions on the day, one fan tweeted, "First rule of playing D against Baltimore: cover Mark Andrews."
Andrews clearly didn't mind a chilly December game in Cleveland, as he led the Ravens in catches and receiving yards against the Browns, and played a key role in an 18-point comeback attempt in the second half.
According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, he was particularly effective out of the slot, where he caught 10 of his 11 passes for 110 of his 115 yards.
Though the Ravens offense turned the ball over on the first drive of his record-breaking rumble, Andrews made a crucial catch on the next drive to put Baltimore in field goal range for star kicker Justin Tucker.
He then converted a crucial 4th-and-11 to cut the Browns' lead to nine points, setting up the Ravens' next touchdown.
With 1:17 left in the fourth quarter, Andrews caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Huntley, but the Ravens were unable to complete the comeback despite Tucker's first successful onside kick.
Andrews said after the game of the onside kick recovery, which was recovered by veteran safety Chuck Clark, "It was just awesome."
Andrews was clearly disappointed in the loss, but he praised the Ravens for their perseverance in the face of adversity this season, the most recent of which was star quarterback Lamar Jackson's scary, game-ending injury.
"I think this team has been through a lot of battles," Andrews said. "We have a chance in every game we play, no matter who they are."
"I believe that is a good thing," Andrews added.
Andrews has the most receiving yards of any Raven since 2019, but he's elevated his game this season, solidifying his place among the league's top tight ends.
Andrews and Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce have "equal numbers of targets, but Andrews has more receptions, yards, and touchdowns," according to Nathan Janke of Pro Football Focus.
Andrews has the second-best PFF grade of any tight end this season, with 75 catches, 926 receiving yards, and six touchdowns to his credit.
He's also only dropped three times out of 106 total targets, with several notable catches in recent games.
Andrews was named to PFF's Midseason All-Pro Team in November and again on their Third-Quarter All-Pro Team on December 8, according to PFF's Sam Monson.
For the first time in his career, Andrews only needs 74 yards in the Ravens' final four games to reach 1,000 yards in a season.
He's also just 25 receptions shy of a century, which would be a career high for the fourth-year tight end.
The former Oklahoma Sooner is already earning the four-year extension he signed in September, and if he keeps improving, the deal could end up looking like a steal.