3 things we learned as Baltimore Ravens cruised past Browns

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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: Willie Snead IV #83 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass for a touchdown against Tavierre Thomas #20 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

3. The wide receiver position is going to be just fine

Marquise Brown is about to have a superstar level performance in the 2020 season. Not only does he now look the part a bit more because of hard work in the offseason, but he’s already off to great production. He had five grabs for 101 yards in this contest. Brown can take the top off of any defense and Jackson showed that he’s more than willing to take advantage of that. If Brown becomes one of the most dangerous and prolific receivers in the game, the Ravens offense will grow exponentially. Brown is the most dangerous play-maker not named Jackson on the field when the Ravens have the ball. The Ravens may have their true number one receiver.

Brown may have had the only spectacular game at the receiver position, yet this position group did exactly what the Ravens needed them to do. Willie Snead had four receptions for 64 yards and a beautiful touchdown. Devin Duvernay only had one catch on a short pass, yet he got 12 yards out of it. Duvernay also had 64 yards on two kickoff returns. In that role. he shows a ton of promise. Miles Boykin caught three passes for 37 yards. It wasn’t amazing, yet he was able to be serviceable and he made plays he may not have made in the 2019 season.

Baltimore got what they needed out of their wide receivers. 13 of Jackson’s 20 completions were to wide receivers. Tight ends had six receptions and Pat Ricard had one as the fullback. That was not the dichotomy of the passing attack last season. Last season it was all about tight ends. This game saw Jackson spread the ball around. In the regular season we saw the rhyme and reason to what the Ravens are trying to do at the wide receiver position.

It may have been an unproven group, but it did exactly what the team needed in the first week of the season. This isn’t a concern heading into the game against the Houston Texans. That’s huge.

 

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