Marquise “Hollywood” Brown enjoyed a solid rookie season from the outside perspective, but internally he knew he was a shadow of his former self. The 23-year old played the entire year with two screws in his foot, and never felt right.
Even with all the injuries he still ended the year with 46 catches for 584 yards and seven touchdowns, yet is already predicting a much better 2020 season. He’s impressed the NFL world with his training videos earlier this off-season, and has regularly posted his workouts with quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Hollywood Brown 2.0
Brown was the 25th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, despite still recovering from Lisfranc surgery in January that year. It’s an injury that has ended careers, but Brown wanted to play, so he settled on the two screws in his foot.
Those who knew him during his Oklahoma days noticed he was a step off, something NFL fans never noticed. His NFL debut saw him explode for two long touchdown catches, ending the game with four catches for 147 yards. He’s talked of not being able to push off his foot, limiting his explosion. Brown has been timed at 4.27 in the 40, and will be back at that speed in 2020.
Marquise Brown Leads Young Baltimore Receivers
Brown knows going into the 2020 season he will be the Ravens number one receiver. He’s worked hard all off-season to get in peak shape. Brown’s rookie season he played at 157 pounds, but will be closer to 170 this year. With added muscle and his speed back, Brown will be hard to stop.
Baltimore has a very young receiver room, with slot option Willie Snead the only veteran in the room. Both Brown and fellow second-year player Miles Boykin need to step up this year. Baltimore also selected two receivers in the 2020 draft, adding depth. Devin Duvernay is another speed option, with James Proche a possession guy.
Hollywood Can Profit From Rushing Attack
Baltimore’s offense doesn’t highlight wide receivers, but this could change for the coming season. Brown has the speed to scare any defense, and the Ravens rushing attack draws attention away from Brown. If teams sell out to defend the run, that leaves Brown 1v1 against a defensive back.
This is the matchup Brown will feast upon. He plays a vital role in this offense because his speed helps open up rushing lanes for Jackson and the running back. The speed keeps defenses honest, not allowing them to fully stack the box against the run.
The Ravens have a very talented roster and are aiming for the SuperBowl this season, with Hollywood Brown 2.0 being the breakout star. The rest of the NFL has been put on notice.
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