John Brown thanks Ravens fans as he prepares for move to Bills
@Ravens thank you for everything I enjoyed my time being a raven even though it was short. Anybody that sign free agent or get drafted will love being a raven because they are all about family and their players. I will miss this a lot. Once again thank you #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/G0mwQFD6Is
— Smokey Brown (@Jwalk_back12) March 13, 2019
Brown had signed a one-year $5 million deal with Baltimore last offseason after an injury-plagued 2017. He played in all 16 games with the Ravens, catching 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns.
His time in Baltimore worked out incredibly well for Brown, who in proving that he could stay healthy and productive was able to sign a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. Brown provides the team with a reliable deep threat for their strong-armed second-year quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen didn’t have the options he needed surrounding him on offense, and was often forced into dumping the ball off to LeSean McCoy or throwing to second-year receiver Zay Jones. Jones showed improvement after a poor rookie season riddled with drops and distractions, but was underqualified to be a number one option.
Now Buffalo has a decent top four at receiver with Jones, Brown, the recently signed Cole Beasley and Robert Foster, who was a surprise performer as an undrafted rookie a year ago.
Conversely Baltimore and second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson are left with a receiver corps of Willie Snead IV, Jordan Lasley, Chris Moore and Jaleel Scott. Jackson took over for Joe Flacco, who has since been traded to the Denver Broncos, in week 10 of last season. He threw for just 1,201 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions, but led the team to the playoffs largely off the strength of his rushing ability.
However, if the Ravens want Jackson to reach his potential, they will have to provide him with weapons to ease his transition into a better passing quarterback.
Baltimore will likely look into drafting a young wide receiver to work in tandem with their new young franchise quarterback.