Reasonable expectations for Marquise Brown:
Let’s take a moment to talk about the skills that Marquise Brown brings to the table. He has incredible speed. He’s already a sharp route runner and he has built trust with Lamar Jackson. He has reliable hands and great concentration that allows him to catch balls in traffic. As the most legitimate deep threat in the Baltimore offense, it’s hard not to be impressed with Brown. This is especially true considering that he didn’t come into the season fully at 100 percent. When the Ravens drafted Brown, fans were wisely cautiously optimistic. After an impressive rookie season, and a phenomenal performance in the playoffs, Brown’s ceiling looks sky-high.
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Brown had 46 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. He missed a couple of games due to injury and he vanished from the game plan in others. The goal for Brown in the upcoming season is for him to be just as much of a presence as the three tight ends and the running backs in this offense. Brown probably won’t become a receiver who will have 100 grabs in a season. Getting to 75 receptions would be a nice target for Brown. He needs to be able to give the Ravens an average of four to five receptions per game. He needs to be around the 1,000 yard mark. In other words he has to be a player who makes plays on a weekly basis. He has the skill-set to be a number one receiver for most teams in the NFL. He has to begin to show that in 2020.
In the 2019 season Brown showed flashes of being a star. In 2020 he has to become one. He was a first round pick for a reason. The Ravens thought that he could become one of the biggest difference makers in the NFL, otherwise they would have spent their number one pick on somebody else. Brown has to be able to show up in the box score as a high impact player on a weekly basis. If he’s healthy, Brown should be down right scary for opposing defenses. Brown has shown that he has the skill set. He has to take the next step. If the Ravens invest in the offense around him and his star quarterback, becoming a star receiver is exactly what Baltimore should expect from Brown.