Though the Baltimore Ravens were torched by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to start the season, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic for the rest of the year. The fact that they play in a division where every team lost its opening game surely helps the cause. Entering week two, all AFC North teams are even — it’s time to forget about the previous week.
One of the biggest bright spots for the Ravens in week one, though, was that of rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown. In the wake of Jacoby Jones’ injury, Brown stepped into the number two wide receiver spot and played very well.
Brown, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia, dealt with an ACL injury that ended his career in college, thus resulting in a much lower draft stock. The Ravens saw potential, though, and snatched him up after the draft, bringing him into camp to see what he could do.
Brown made the team and impressed coaches and players tremendously. On a team that didn’t necessarily know how the passing game would form an identity early on without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, Brown looked like a guy who could be a factor.
The 6’5” rookie possesses incredible size, something the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco love. Against the Broncos, Brown hauled in four passes for 65 yards on six targets, also catching a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
With the future of Jones up in the air, Brown could very well solidify himself as the second wideout on the depth chart. Brown is more of a true wide receiver, whereas Jones has always been a mere return specialist, not truly establishing himself as a threat in the passing game.
Look for the Ravens to get Brown more involved each week, and before you know it he could be in the starting lineup to stay.