Brown secured four of 10 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-23 loss to the Bengals on Thursday. Brown's receiving yardage total paced the Ravens on the night, and his 21-yard touchdown reception with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter sliced the deficit to 28-23 at the time. The 28-year-old has now scored in each of his first two games in his new Baltimore digs, although his catch rate Thursday left much to be desired. Brown does seem to have the trust of Joe Flacco, and as long as his health endures, he has the ability to pay major dividends for those who invested a draft pick in hopes of a possible bounce-back season. He'll look to build on Thursday's effort against the Broncos in Week 3.
Brown caught three of four targets for 44 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 47-3 win over Buffalo. Brown drew rave reviews in camp and kept it going late in the first quarter, connecting with Joe Flacco on a seven-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. Brown had a 1,000-yard season as a sophomore in 2015, so the ability was there not long ago. He fell out of favor in Arizona, but he may have rebooted his career in Baltimore.
Brown isn't in uniform for Saturday's preseason contest in Miami, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports. With two catches for 24 yards through two exhibitions, Brown isn't exactly lighting up the box score in his new locale, but his presence of mind to get both feet down in the back of the end zone Monday against the Colts was otherworldly. While his injury history needs to be considered at all times, he has a career mark of 14.5 YPC and one 1,000-yard campaign on his resume.
Brown scored a seven-yard touchdown on his lone reception on two targets in Monday night's 20-19 win over the Colts in the third preseason game. Brown was targeted with a bomb downfield on Baltimore's first offensive play of the game. Although he and Joe Flacco were unable to connect on that instance, Brown's electric speed figures to result in more regular deep shots from the Ravens this season, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports. Not just a one-trick pony, however, a seam route in the red zone freed Brown for a bobbling, toe-dragging touchdown catch on his next look. That proved to be his final contribution of the evening, punctuating another encouraging outing for his new team.
Brown has been one of the standouts during training camp and has consistently made big plays during practices, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic Baltimore reports. Brown's statistics (one reception for 17 yards) were modest in his lone preseason game, but there's little to glean from that with the first-team offense seeing only limited action. Perhaps of greater importance, quarterback Joe Flacco has shown some strong rapport early with Brown in scrimmages and drills, both as a deep target and on intermediate and underneath routes. Michael Crabtree will have a role in the Ravens' passing attack as a chain mover, but after averaging a meager 6.1 yards per target in 2017, he makes for a suspect No. 1 option at receiver. If Brown can stay healthy and keep impressing once the regular season unfolds, it may not take long for him to unseat Crabtree as Flacco's favorite target.
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|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
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|3 Year Avg||76||42||606||4||31||14.43||85|