Making His Mark – A Look Back at Mark Andrews’ Rookie Season
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With the 2018 NFL season now seeming a long way in the past, we are continuing our look back at the performances of some of the players for whom 2018 was their first taste of NFL action. Here, we focus our attention on one of the two tight ends drafted by the Baltimore Ravens last spring — namely, Mark Andrews. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Andrews’ first year in the NFL from a numbers point of view. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Andrews. This is to see how they fared in the years afterward. Rookie TEs very rarely become superstars overnight. But it’ll be interesting to see a possible range of outcomes for Andrews moving forward after his first year. Then we’ll touch briefly on his outlook for 2019. In order to find some comparisons for the first year from Andrews, I set the RotoViz Screener
to find rookies from 2008 to 2018, and selected some basic production and usage numbers as variables. I also included the draft pick. The influence of draft pick on a player’s opportunity declines over time, but it’s still relevant heading into a player’s second season. Then I asked the Screener to find seasons comparable to my target player.So what players did Andrews first season compare with?