Three Ravens players voted to 2021 AP All-Pro first team


After completing the greatest receiving season in the 26-year history of the Ravens, tight end Mark Andrews has been voted to the 2021 Associated Press All-Pro first team.

Receiving 41 of the 50 possible votes to best Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, Andrews is the first tight end in franchise history to be named a first-team All-Pro, which comes on the heels of him being voted the team MVP by local media and being named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in the last three years. Of course, Andrews would rather be preparing for a playoff game this weekend with the Ravens having missed the postseason for the first time since 2017.

“For me, it’s never about setting records. I’m not a ‘me’ guy or an ‘I’ guy; I’m a ‘team’ guy,” Andrews said after the season-ending loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday. “That’s the thing that really matters to me, and we’ve got a great team that has fought all year long. You’ve just got to kind of think back to every game that we’ve had, and it’s been a special year. I’m sad it’s done. I hate losing more than anything, and this organization hates losing.”

The star tight end set new team records with 107 receptions and 1,361 receiving yards while catching nine touchdowns, one shy of his career high set in 2019. The 2018 third-round pick out of Oklahoma led all NFL tight ends in catches, receiving yards, and receptions of 20 or more yards and tied for first in touchdown receptions this season.

Andrews wasn’t alone in receiving first-team All-Pro honors with kicker Justin Tucker and punt returner Devin Duvernay also receiving the nod from AP voters.

Having gone 35-for-37 on field goals and making the longest kick in NFL history this season, Tucker was voted to the All-Pro first team for the fifth time in his sensational career. The 32-year-old joins Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed for the second most in Ravens history behind only Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis’ seven first-team All-Pro nods.

Tucker received 40 of the 50 total votes.

After making the Pro Bowl last month, Duvernay is the third Ravens return specialist to be voted to the All-Pro first team, joining Jermaine Lewis (1998) and Jacoby Jones (2012). The 2020 third-round wide receiver out of Texas led the NFL in punt return average (13.8) among those with at least 12 returns this season.

Duvernay finished with 28 of the 50 votes.

No Ravens were voted to the 2021 All-Pro second team, but long snapper Nick Moore received three votes while Duvernay also received one vote at the kick returner spot.

The Professional Football Writers of America will announce the All-NFL team and other honors later this month.