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Carroll County Times

Ravens: Undrafted free agent WR Brown getting healthy, showing potential

OWINGS MILLS - Wide receiver Marlon Brown never lived up to expectations in college, is just eight months removed from knee surgery, and he's only gone through two padded practices with the Ravens.
But even in just those two practices, and even with his knee still not back to 100 percent, Brown, who is 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, has flashed some ability.
Brown, who played collegiately at Georgia, signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May.
He didn't participate in any practices during the spring and was limited the beginning part of training camp, but he's gone through a full workload at practice each of the last two days.
"You can tell that he's got a skill set," Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said of Brown. "He's long. He's got speed. ... This game is a little different ball game, but he's a young man that is willing, is very capable, and we're anxious to see what he can do."
Brown went to Georgia in 2009 as one of the top-ranked receivers in his recruiting class.
He never came close to living up to expectations at Georgia, but he did begin to emerge as a senior last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in November.
He caught only 28 passes during his first three seasons at Georgia, but he had 27 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns in the eight games he played in last year, averaging more than 17 yards per catch.
But he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a November game against Ole Miss, missed the rest of the season, wasn't selected during the NFL draft in April and wasn't able to resume full football activities until this week.
But for as much as Brown may have disappointed in college, and for as much as he's still working back from the knee injury, he's big, made some plays down the field and in the red-zone the last two days and, maybe most impressively, showed impressive quickness and fluidity as a route-runner for a player his size.
He did have some drops the last two days, and he appeared to be bothered by his knee at times on the sideline, but he has at the very least emerged as an intriguing practice squad candidate.
"I'm just taking it day-by-day," Brown said. "But everything is going good. I'm coming along real good."


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