It was a moment that Ravens rookie wide receivers Marlon Brown and Aaron Mellette won't forget.
Lifting weights Friday at team headquarters, they were approached by coach John Harbaugh and informed that they had both made the 53-man roster.
"A dream come true, a blessing, just happy to be here," said Brown, an undrafted free agent from Georgia. "I was in the weight room and coach Harbaugh shook my hand and said, 'Congratulations, you worked hard.'"
Brown is a 6 feet 5, 205-pounder who led the Ravens during the preseason with 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Now, he's determined to forge a role on offense and special teams during the regular season.
"I want to make the team and also make a difference on the team, whether it's on special teams or on offense," Brown said. "That's what I'm trying to do. I'm just going to work hard."
Hard work and talent made the difference for both rookie wide receivers.
A seventh-round draft pick from Elon, Mellette caught nine passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in four preseason games.
That production prompted Harbaugh to end the suspense and tell Mellette early that he was in the Ravens' plans.
"It was a great moment," Mellette said. "He told me in the middle of a lift. I was pretty happy. I got home and told the folks. They were excited. It wa a great feeling, being on the roster after being called a long shot.
"It was pretty cool. It shows that the Ravens give guys a shot no matter what round you're drafted in. If you do well and you perform in the preseason games, they'll give you a shot."
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