Baltimore Ravens: Third-Year Players Who Need to Step Up

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Nov 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver

Marlon Brown

(14) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback

Shareece Wright

(29) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Marlon Brown

Marlon Brown lost playing time in his second year after starting 12 games in his rookie season. He caught 49 passes for a little more than 500 yards for seven touchdowns.

After the arrival of Steve Smith Sr., he received only one start and caught only 24 passes for 255 yards. Now with Torrey Smith in San Francisco, Brown has the chance to move back into a starting role.

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Head coach John Harbaugh said during a press conference that he wants Brown to have a breakout year. With his 6 foot 5 inch frame, he has everything going for him to have a good year.

After watching him play his rookie year, he can be a deep threat for Joe Flacco and be a 1,000-yard receiver if given the chance. He has no excuse not to show the coaches what he can do during training camp.

Brown has a lot of potential, and I would hate to see him in anything less than a starting role. Unless he can outshine the rookie Breshad Perriman and Butler, he could find himself on the bench starting games.

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