Watch out, because Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is closing in on full speed.
The Ravens have been easing their first-round wide receiver and his surgically-repaired foot into action this summer. Eighteen days after stepping onto the field for his first practice, Brown is definitely faster.
“We’re giving him more every day and I think the plan was the right plan,” Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman said. “I think this past week we really saw a different gear from him. That’s exciting.”
When he made his practice debut, Brown was moving well but wasn’t all the way back yet. He still had some rust to shake off. A Lisfranc foot injury isn’t something to mess with, so the Ravens have tread lightly, limiting Brown’s practice reps and giving him a day off last week.
Now the question will be whether Brown will ramp up to play in Thursday’s third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The third preseason game is typically when the starters see their most extensive action, and the Ravens would like to get Brown and quarterback Lamar Jackson some game reps together before the regular opener in Miami on Sept. 8. Brown could play in the fourth preseason game, but Jackson will likely sit that one out.
While Roman said he is coming up with more ideas for how to use Brown after seeing him on the field, he feels the biggest thing for Brown at this point is to build chemistry with Jackson. Their timing on deep balls needs to be synced up.
“[Brown’s] style is a little different,” Roman said. “He can kick that gear in, so you better put some mustard on that ball.”