In any NFL game, there are plenty of obstacles to hurdle. Ravens tight ends have taken that literally this season, to mixed effect.
On occasion, the Ravens’ trio of tight ends have managed to add a few extra yards after the catch by hurdling a would-be tackler. Sometimes, it doesn’t go as well.
It’s always scary seeing huge NFL athletes high up in the air. What goes up must come down, and the potential for injury is rarely more pronounced than during an attempted hurdle.
Ball security is typically a lesser concern, but it certainly was an issue for Andrews on this play. This was the second consecutive week the Ravens have turned the ball over in their own territory late in the first half.
The defense managed to hold Cincinnati to a field goal, but against a less talented team, turnovers are a good way to make games closer than they should be.
In an offense with a lot of unproven talent at wide receiver, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have turned to their tight ends more often than usual. In fact, Jackson has targeted a tight end on a higher percentage of passes than any other quarterback in football.
This has given Andrews, Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst more opportunities to leap over defenders, even though the reward is minimal and the risk is major.
Maybe Andrews’ fumble will give the unit pause the next time they’re face to face with an oncoming defender.
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