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Two games, two touchdowns for Ravens rookie WR Marlon Brown

Marlon BrownFootballBaltimore RavensJohn HarbaughNFLCleveland Browns

Undrafted Ravens rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown hasn't been perfect through two NFL games.

Nonetheless, Brown has been extremely productive as he learns on the job as a first-year starter.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound former Georgia player has emerged as one of quarterback Joe Flacco's most frequent targets, catching eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown leads the team in touchdown catches, ranks third in receptions, second in receiving yards and has a 13.8 average per reception.

"To come into a team where they have some wide receiver issues, I had an opportunity to come in and start playing early," Brown said. "I've just been trying to seize every opportunity I get."

To say the Ravens are pleased with Brown despite a dropped pass Sunday during a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns would be an understatement.

"Marlon Brown is a humble, hungry, hard-working guy," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "There are plenty of things he can get better at, route-running wise and playmaking-wise. He stays after it, and he made some big plays for us."

Starting opposite wide receiver Torrey Smith, who led the Ravens with seven receptions for 85 yards against the Browns, Brown caught four passes for 45 yards on six targets.

That included a 5-yard slant he caught for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

"I had a little slant route," Brown said. "The ball actually got tipped, so I just had to have good hand-eye coordination. I just caught the ball and just pounded it into the end zone."

Brown acknowledged that he should have secured a pass in the first half.

"I should have caught it," Brown said. "I slowed down a little bit and it just dropped."

Brown has remained focused on improvement, learning each week to polish his routes.

"To be honest, I have a good mindset, just a simple mindset," Brown said. "Every week, I go out there and just try to get better. On Sundays, it's just a game at the end of the day.

"At the end of the day, it's just football. It's offense, it's defense. It's going to be a pass, it's going to be a run. That's what I think about it."

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