Marquise Brown shows big-play ability in NFL debut

Rookie receiver Marquise Brown shines in impressive Week 1 win for the Baltimore Ravens.

It was obvious the Baltimore Ravens looked to get younger and more explosive this offseason in the wide receiver corps. That was even more evident after drafting explosive players Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin in the spring.

Brown looked every bit of the explosive, fast receiver in Week 1 that the Ravens expected when they took him in the first round. He tallied 147 yards and 2 touchdowns on just four receptions Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. That equates to an incredible 36.8 yards per reception.

On his first touchdown reception, he showed his ability to gain yards after the catch turning a short slant pattern into a 47-yard touchdown after breaking a tackle and running away from defenders. He was able to show his deep speed and ability to stretch the field and get behind a defense with ease on his second touchdown of 83 yards:

The Dolphins had no answer for Brown’s speed throughout the game on Sunday. Brown, like the rest of the starters, didn’t even play the 4th-quarter due to their big lead. It is safe to assume that he could have had an even bigger day if the game had been closer.

While the development of Lamar Jackson is the biggest reason for the Raven’s offensive explosion on Sunday, the addition of Brown no doubt had a great impact as well. While it is hard to envision him repeating these numbers every week as a rookie, the presence of his deep speed alone will create more opportunities for his fellow receivers underneath.

Brown will get his first chance to show that his Week 1 performance was not a fluke next week versus the Arizona Cardinals.