Marquise Brown will enter the 2020 season seemingly at 100% and has us thinking the second-year man could be a Pro Bowl-caliber star.
When the Baltimore Ravens drafted Marquise Brown 25th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft the expectations for him were pretty high. The Ravens have drafted a wide receiver in the first round just three other times in the franchise’s history, none of which panned out very well. The pressure was on for the man dubbed “Hollywood” to translate to the next level.
The odds were stacked against him, as Brown was coming off foot surgery that involved placing a screw in his foot during the 2019 offseason. Brown was expected to be significantly slowed down and contribute very little if at all during his rookie season. Ravens Flock was having bad flashbacks of the last wide receiver the team took in the first round, Breshad Perriman, who missed all of his rookie year with a knee injury.
Despite the setback, Marquise Brown was stellar as a rookie. In 14 games, “Hollywood” had nearly 600-yards receiving in a run-heavy offense and tied a franchise rookie record seven touchdown receptions. Brown was a highlight-reel machine, making insane catches and burning defenders deep on an almost weekly basis.
The best part about Marquise Brown’s rookie season was him showing off the skillset to do a little bit of everything. Brown was proving to be the deep threat we pegged him as, but he also created yards after the catch in the middle of the field, pulled down the tough 50/50 balls, and even made splashes with his stellar body control and hands. All in all, it was as good a rookie season as fans could’ve hoped for.
Headed into year two, “Hollywood” Brown looks poised to set the NFL ablaze. Brown is having offseason foot surgery again but this time to remove the screw placed in there last year. With that being removed, it should go without saying that his offseason will be focused around making sure everything is healed properly so that he’s set to go for the start of the 2020 season.
Once Brown is cleared, look out everybody else.
Based on what Marquise Brown flashed as a rookie, we have strong reason to believe that he’s going to light up opposing teams on a weekly basis now that he’ll likely be 100% healthy. It’s hard to imagine, but his rookie year was the floor of his abilities and it was pretty dang solid. Now there’s a chance that he’s even better with a clean bill of help? In this offense and with the chemistry he established with Lamar Jackson, it doesn’t seem fair.
With the offense tailored around the run game and the tight ends, Marquise Brown will get a lot of one-on-one matchups that we should expect him to dominate. Opposing cornerbacks will have a hard time containing one of the fastest players in the league and the Baltimore Ravens can get creative with getting him the ball in more ways than one. If “Hollywood” is completely healthy, like we expect him to be, we’re looking at a Pro Bowl-level season for the former Oklahoma Sooner. Ravens Flock should be pretty dang excited with what Brown could be in year-two.