Ravens: Marquise Brown drops 3 TDs in nightmare first half

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It’s been a rough game so far for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. Despite a 10-0 lead at the half, the Ravens should probably be up by a lot more.

And if it wasn’t for Brown, they most certainly would be.

Brown dropped three long touchdown passes from Lamar Jackson in a nightmare of a first-half for the former first-round pick.

Brown is off to a hot start in 2021 and entered the game as the highest-graded player on the Ravens, per Pro Football Focus, following a six-catch, 113-yard day in Week 2.

But his performance today has left a lot to be desired.

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Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Brown’s three drops have totaled a whopping 97 air yards, and that’s not including the distance he would have run had he actually hauled in the passes.

Jackson is just 9-of-16 for 147 yards in the first half, but his stat line would look very different had it not been for Brown’s three drops.

The first of which came at the beginning of the second quarter when Jackson found Brown in the back of the end zone, only for the speedy wideout to let it fall through his hands.

The Ravens would be forced to settle for a 39-yard field goal.

Brown then dropped a pair of would-be touchdowns on the final drive of the half first mishandling a deep ball from Jackson with just under two minutes to go and then dropping a potential touchdown on 3rd-and-7 as the half came to a close.

The Ravens would have to punt. If Brown had caught either pass, they likely would have gone into the half with a 17-0 lead.

Brown is the first player with three drops in the first half of a game since John Brown of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 of the 2015 season. Not to mention that all three of Hollywood’s drops were potential touchdowns.

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Marquise Brown will get a chance to redeem himself in the second half. But it’s been a nightmare start so far.