Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expects wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to be even more explosive in 2020.
Harbaugh explained some of Brown's struggles during the 2019 campaign stemmed from limited practice reps. Brown underwent Lisfranc surgery in January of 2019, and the Ravens did not want to risk re-injury (via Aaron Kasinitz of pennlive.com):
“The biggest issue was the fact that he really was limited in practice,” Harbaugh said. “He really couldn’t practice [last year]. He’s really motivated and driven. He gets out there earlier, he stays late. But he couldn’t put a lot of pressure on that foot day in and day out.”
However, Harbaugh has high hopes for Brown, who impressed the team with his skill set in his rookie season (via Kasinitz):
“That’s going to be really interesting to see, because his talent is at a high level,” Harbaugh said. “His motivation is at a high level. His hands are better, and really kind of a lot better, than we thought. Not that we didn’t think he had good hands, but he’s got really good hands. So all those things, I can’t wait to see when he gets back.”
Brown made quite the statement in his first two weeks in the NFL.
The former Oklahoma product went off for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 of the 2019 season before hauling in eight catches for 86 yards in Week 2. It seemed Baltimore made the right decision in using their first-round pick to draft Brown.
But the 23-year-old's productivity slowed to a halt. He failed to top 50 yards receiving for the rest of the season, aside from an 80-yard outing in Week 10. Brown did have seven receptions for 126 yards during Baltimore's playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, though most of those yards came when the game was already done and dusted.
The Ravens drafted a pair of wideouts in April, but Harbaugh and Co. are hoping a healthier Brown can be a game-breaker out wide.