Ravens-Dolphins: What can Ravens Take away from this game?
By Darin McCann
Young pass catchers
The Ravens moved on from some veteran receivers who played a year ago and embraced young receivers such as Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Miles Boykin, Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. Andrews made a name for himself last year, but Hurst struggled with an injury and then getting into the offense upon his return. Brown and Boykin are rookies — with questions about Brown’s build and injury history, and Boykin’s “one-year wonder” status at Notre Dame. Brown, Andrews and Boykin each scored touchdowns against Miami on Sunday, and Hurst contributed some nice plays, as well.
Verdict: Andrews broke out as a rookie, so let’s just assume that arrow is only ascending. He’s earned that. Boykin was the star of the summer, but we’ve seen that before and he only had the one catch — so let’s reserve judgement a little.
Hurst is a first-round pick, so we know there’s talent, and he started showing a little of that at the end of his rookie campaign. Hollywood? Oh boy. He can fly. If defenses continue to go with zero-coverage blitzes to plug up the Ravens running game, leaving Brown in one-on-one situation, it doesn’t matter what team he’s facing. He’s gone.