It seems like every year there’s always undrafted free agents that step up big time for the Baltimore Ravens. This preseason WR Marlon Brown looked like he could be yet another undrafted gem for the Ravens, much like Danelle Ellerbe, Jameel McClain and Bart Scott.
It was the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers that Brown really started to turn heads. Four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers’ starters was the type of performance that the team might have hoped on from Tandon Doss. Doss was a favorite for the No. 2 receiver spot in the offseason, but disappointing preseason play sent him down the depth chart, and eventually jobless.
Jacoby Jones, as far as I know, will start the season as the No. 2 receiver. Like I’ve said many times before, that’s a role that’s not good for him. Jones excelled as the No. 3 guy and main kick/punt returner. That’s the best role for him, in my opinion. I’m sure Jones will start the season as in the No. 2 role, but I don’t think he’ll stay for all that long. Jones has great speed, but his route running and hands leave a lot to be desired.
Brown, on the other hand, has all the necessary tools. He’s a big target at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. He showed decent speed, ran great routes and, most importantly, was catching just about everything thrown to him. You want your possible replacement for Anquan Boldin? I think it will be Brown, eventually. Maybe not this year, maybe not the year after, but in my humble opinion this is going to be the guy. Jump on the bandwagon now.