Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Ravens TE Mark Andrews, K Justin Tucker, PR Devin DuVernay named to AP All-Pro team

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, kicker Justin Tucker and punt returner Devin DuVernay were named to the All-Pro First Team by the Associated Press on Friday.

Andrews, a first-time All-Pro player who was named a Pro Bowl starter last month, had one of the best seasons for a professional player in franchise history. Despite the Ravens’ late-season instability as a quarterback, he finished with 107 lanes for 1,361 yards in 17 games, a record for both teams. He led all NFL titles in catches and targets and ranked first in touchdown catches (nine).

Andrews finished the season five consecutive games with over 85 receiving yards, the longest such tight-scoring streak in league history. He also ranked fifth in the NFL in run blocking at that position, according to Pro Football Focus.

“If you play offensively and are a great player, you will make a quarterback’s life better. It doesn’t really matter who it is,” coach John Harbaugh said last week after local media voted Andrews the team’s MVP. “I just think it’s a big, big achievement, the season he’s had. He’s been great this year and I look forward to continuing his career here in Baltimore.”

Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history and a seven-time All-Pro, has made 35 of 37 field goals this season (an NFL-best 94.6%), including a league-record winning 66-yard goal against the Detroit Lions . Tucker also went 32 of 32 on extra points attempts. Pro Bowl starter, Tucker hit 58 straight field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime.

With five All-Pro honors on the first team, Tucker is now tied with Hall of Famer kicker Morten Anderson for the most honors in that position.

“When we go out on the field as a group and as a team, we know one thing: we are giving one of the best players on our team a shot,” special teams coordinator Chris Horton said last month. “Every time he comes out, that’s what will happen. He is just as human as everyone else, but I don’t think there are any signs of relief. Over the years, he has earned the respect of his peers and other coaches. That’s just what he does. He’s working really hard to be the best and stay at the top of the league.”

DuVernay, a wide receiver who did not return punts until his 2020 rookie season, led the NFL in average punt returns (13.9) among all qualified players. He was also named a Pro Bowl starter last month. DuVernay earned an All-Pro vote for the return hit, while Nick Moore received three votes for the long range snapper.

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