It is no secret to anyone that the Ravens offense is struggling this season. The fans see it, the players see it and the coaches see it even though they mince words when speaking to the media.
The porous play of an offensive line that struggles in the run game and issues with pass protection leaves little to be desired for sure. Despite all the problems, quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Marlon Brown are creating chemistry which is providing a spark to an otherwise stagnant offense.
Granted, Smith is drawing the opposing teams top cornerbacks while leading the team in receptions (36) and yards (707), but it is Brown who is finding the end-zone and putting points on the board. Brown, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Georgia has a team-leading five touchdowns and second on the team in receptions (26) and receiving yards (297).
“Every day in practice I just see myself getting better at one thing every day.” Brown said earlier this week. ”I always try to go out there and get better at one thing every day. And the sky is the limit from there.”
Targeted nine times, Brown caught five passes for 54 yards against the Browns on Sunday. His two touchdown receptions along with his huge two-point conversion reception single handedly kept the Ravens in the game.
“Marlon played really well, Marlon made plays for us,” Harbaugh acknowledged. “Marlon made catches and runs after the catch. He made a spectacular play on the two-point conversion. I’m really proud of the way he played.”
Entering week ten of the season, Brown, with 2 more touchdowns will pass Jamal Lewis (6 in 2000) for the second-most by a Ravens rookie in team history and tie Torrey Smith who had seven in 2011.
I was skeptical about Browns playing time when Jacoby returned and Flacco’s acknowledged affinity for Tandon Doss, but Brown is making the most of his opportunity. With half a season to go it will be interesting to watch the rapport between Flacco and Marlon progress.
“I care about winning and making plays when I can, I just try to always be right where Joe wants me to be. If I’m not where Joe wants me to be, I’m not going to get the ball.” Brown remarked after Sundays loss to the Browns.
With Torrey assuming the number one receiver role this season and the Ravens history of drafting wideouts, watching Brown develop has been an unexpected pleasure that hopefully will continue for years to come.
Now about that offensive line………..
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