Not wanting to celebrate a personal achievement in an otherwise ugly 40-17 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last night, Ravens rookie wide receivers Darren Waller and Daniel Brown worked hard to suppress smiles following the game. But both admitted that their first NFL touchdowns were something that they'd always remember.
"Your first NFL touchdown, you dream of that kind of stuff," said Waller, who caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Bryn Renner that put the Ravens on the board early in the fourth quarter. "Of course, I'd like to see the team do better, but I appreciate those guys blocking on the perimeter, making that moment happen."
Brown's touchdown came with just under three minutes left in the game as Renner found him streaking down the home sideline. The pass actually skimmed off the fingertips of cornerback Marc Anthony before Brown went up to make the catch just inside the end zone. The undrafted rookie out of James Madison caught the ball and then shrugged off a hit from safety Ed Reynolds.
"To be honest with you, I didn't even feel the hit," said Brown, whose touchdown came on his first career preseason catch. "My emotions kind of took over after I caught it."
For Waller, who finished the game with three catches for 21 yards including the touchdown on a wide receiver screen play, the score was a culmination of what was a strong week of practice for the sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech.
As for Brown, who is trying to move up the wide receiver depth chart, he understands that he faces long odds to make the regular-season roster. But Saturday night was a good start.
"It's always good to get some reps," Brown said. "Coach always tells you, you don't know how many reps you are going to get so you have to make the most of the opportunities that you do get. The ball was thrown my way. You only get a couple a game, you're going to catch them right?"