Ravens WR Marlon Brown specifically pointed to wanting to improve his speed and footwork, but said he’s really trying to boost everything. Head Coach John Harbaugh echoed that feeling.
“Marlon is young, just running routes, controlling his body, radius catches, blocking, you name it – he’s got to get better,” Harbaugh said. “He’s one of those guys going into his second year, and they need to get better at everything.”
Even though the 6-foot-4 Brown is a totally different kind of receiver than 5-foot-9 Steve L Smith, he’s picking the veteran’s brain. Brown has been in Smith Sr.’s back pocket throughout OTAs, frequently asking questions.
Brown had a nice rookie season (49-524-7 in 14 games) and would be a 2014 breakout candidate if not for the arrival of Steve L Smith, who is likely to start ahead of Brown. Smith's arrival has stunted Brown's short-term value, but it may help in the long run.