Brown was not targeted in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams. Brown barely saw the field, stuck behind Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Jeremy Butler. Brown struggled with his limited opportunities earlier this season and has clearly fallen out of favor. His seven-touchdown rookie season in 2013 is a distant memory.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) out for the season, Brown is one of five healthy wide receivers on Baltimore's active roster, the team's official website reports. Brown had seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie back in 2013, but he's been consistently underwhelming the past two seasons, showing minimal ability to gain separation from defensive backs. He has just 13 receptions for 106 yards on 29 targets this season, making him a less interesting option than Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and arguably even Jeremy Ross. Even with Steve Smith injured, Brown played fewer than half of the offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Brown caught one pass for nine yards on four targets in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the 49ers. Brown has been inefficient with the few opportunities he's received this season, largely because he doesn't have the quickness to separate from NFL defensive backs. It's increasingly clear that his seven-touchdown rookie campaign (2013) was just a product of Joe Flacco having nobody else to throw to. Flacco's options aren't much better this year, but Kamar Aiken is clearly ahead of Brown for the No. 2 wide receiver job. Brown is also starting to lose snaps to in-season acquisitions Jeremy Ross and Chris Givens.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (back) is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Smith said that he was not expecting to Sunday because his back did not respond in the way he was hoping during his limited practices this week, but he apparently had some late improvement that could allow him to get back on the field. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown were expected to see bigger workloads if Smith sat, but that could be pushed down now that he is likely to play.
An MRI revealed Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has four broken bones in his back, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Smith is currently being considered day to day with the injury, as it may be an ailment the veteran wideout can play through, depending on his level of pain tolerance. Smith is undoubtedly one of the toughest players in the NFL, but at 36 years old he may find it difficult to suit up while dealing with such a highly painful injury. Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and new addition Chris Givens are in line to receive additional targets if Smith is forced to miss any time.
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