Expect WR Brown to avoid sophomore slump

Expect WR Brown to avoid sophomore slump
April 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown (14) runs after a pass reception as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) defends during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-16.

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

As a rookie last season, Marlon Brown led the Ravens in touchdown receptions with seven. Should the Ravens expect more from Brown next season? It’s the Ravens’ hope that Brown will continue to be an important piece of the offense.

Brown stepped up last season as an undrafted player joining a veteran team. An opportunity for more playing time was open, and Brown seized it with 49 catches, 524 yards, and those seven touchdowns.

Yet, there is no guarantee Brown will have a larger role. In fact, his role could be different next season with the additions of wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels, playing in a new offense directed by coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Brown should welcome the challenge. With Brown, Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, and Deonte Thompson, the Ravens feel better about their depth at wide receiver than they have in years Brown’s size (6-foot-4) gives him an advantage as a red zone target, and his route running should improve as he gains more experience. 

Brown exceeded expectations last season, but his career has just begun. Brown earned his playing time last season. Expect him to return hungry for more.