Ravens: Marquise Brown on track to be team’s first Pro Bowl WR

Ravens, Marquise Brown (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens, Marquise Brown (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens don’t exactly have a rich history of drafting and developing wide receivers. But Marquise Brown is looking to break that trend.

In their 26-year history, the Ravens have never had a player selected to the Pro Bowl as a wide receiver. They’ve had two players who played the position make it, but both were selected as return men.

Jermaine Lewis made it in both 1998 and 2001. Jacoby Jones made it in 2012. But as of November 2021, the Ravens have never had a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

However, Brown has as good of a chance as any Ravens receiver in recent memory to end the drought. The former Oklahoma star is well on his way to becoming the team’s first Pro Bowl wideout.

Marquise Brown could become the Ravens’ first Pro Bowl wide receiver

Through seven games, Brown has hauled in 37 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns. He’s on pace for 90 catches for 1,375 yards and 14 touchdowns.

It will be difficult to keep up that pace, and that’s also assuming he stays healthy for a full 17-game season. Still, he’s been one of the NFL’s most productive receivers this season and seems primed to make some noise in Pro Bowl voting.

He ranks sixth among AFC wide receivers in yards and second behind only Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals in receiving touchdowns despite playing one fewer game than the others ahead of him.

Brown trails only Chase and Tyreek Hill among AFC wide receivers in yards per game averaging over 80 receiving yards each week. By pretty much every metric, he’s been deserving of a Pro Bowl nod to this point.

For a Ravens franchise that has struggled to not only find star receivers but struggled to find homegrown star receivers, Brown’s emergence has been one of the most promising things about this season.

The former first-round pick has grown from an inconsistent, flashy deep threat to a polished, well-rounded receiver. Sure, he still runs into issues with drops from time to time.

But Marquise Brown is a very good wide receiver, and his performance has been one of the biggest reasons the Ravens’ offense has found success this season.

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If he stays on track, he’ll soon make history with the greatest single-season performance in franchise history.