A year ago as an undrafted rookie, wide receiver Marlon Brown emerged as a key part of the Ravens' offense.
The former University of Georgia player caught 49 passes for 524 yards and led the team with seven touchdown catches.
This year, it took three games for Brown to finally catch his first pass of the season. During Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns, Brown hauled in the one pass thrown to him for 15 yards. It was just the second time he had been targeted with a pass this season.
If Brown is frustrated by his diminished role, he's yet to display that emotion.
Instead, Brown says he's remaining patient as he bides his time and hopes for an expanded role. The offense that's been reshaped as a run-first attack with the bulk of the passing targets going to five-time Pro Bowl selection Steve Smith. Smith has 31 targets for 18 catches, 290 yards and one touchdown. He's on pace to catch 96 passes for 1,546 yards and five touchdowns.
There's still some hope for Brown to play more, considering the season-ending hip injury to tight end Dennis Pitta and the fact that Jacoby Jones is struggling with only three catches for 20 yards on nine targets.
"I came in the game and when my number was called I made a play," Brown said of Sunday's catch. "At the end of the day, I'm just here for the team. I'm just doing anything, blocking, catching, special teams. I'm doing anything I can to help."