Aaron Mellette received a major promotion today. The Baltimore Ravens coaching staff saw so much improvement with his two touchdowns in two preseason games that they decided to let him run with the first team. Marlon Brown somehow earned first team look as well. Is this just a temporary look, or are the Ravens frustrated with the non-production of Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss as of late?
According to Baltimoreravens.com’s Sarah Ellison, John Harbaugh said “some of the young receivers have done an excellent job, and I think we owe it to our team and owe it to them to see what they can do in there with the first group. We’ll practice those guys and probably play them a little more with the ones this week.”
Depending on how the audition goes, there is a chance it may shake up the depth chart permanently. Ravens Nation is completely split on their opinion of this: some fans still believe Doss and Jones and their ability to produce, while others are jumping for joy for the change.
LaQuan Williams has to be shaking his head in disappointment right now. He worked harder than any player on the team during the first preseason game, and has probably won’t get the amount of reps that Brown and Mellette are getting this week.
I believe that Harbaugh is fully aware of what Jones, Doss and Williams are capable of; it’s not necessarily a bad thing because on occasion, he has given praise to all three gentlemen for their bodies of work.
What Harbaugh has not seen is Mellette line up at a starting corner and embarrass him the way he did the Atlanta Falcons’ and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ third-team cornerbacks. Carolina Panthers’ Drayton Florence and Captain Munnerlyn will test the aptitude of Mellette and Brown on Thursday. Should they shine with the starters, look for a few more packages involving the two rookie receivers.