In the Ravens' 49-27 loss Thursday night to the Denver Broncos, a few positives emerged.
One of them was the play of precocious undrafted rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown.
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He started in his first NFL regular-season game and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter.
It was a heady night for Brown, an athletic 6-foot-5, 205-pounder who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last November while playing in college for Georgia against Ole Miss.
“Obviously, I’m going to watch the film and learn from my good things and my bad things," Brown said. "But I am definitely excited to score a touchdown in my first NFL game.”
Brown was a surprise starter ahead of veterans Jacoby Jones and Brandon Stokley, but earned the playing time through an eye-catching preseason. He finished the game with four catches for 65 yards and a 16.3 average per reception on six targets.
“Man, it’s a dream come true, it’s a real blessing," Brown said. "It really showed me that hard work really does pay off.
"I’m going to look at all the things I did wrong before I look at all the things that I did right, because I can be even better because, to be honest, at this point the sky is the limit, I can only get better from this point.