Wed Aug 5 3:10pm ET
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore, Md. Brown put up some respectable numbers as a rookie last year with the Ravens, leading the team's wide receivers in receptions and touchdowns as the primary downfield target for NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
Marquise Brown put up some respectable numbers as a rookie last year with the Baltimore Ravens, leading the team's wide receivers in receptions and touchdowns as the primary downfield target for NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
Now, after an offseason in which Brown fastidiously lifted weights and finally put a lingering injury behind him, the man with the nickname ''Hollywood'' is preparing for a sprint to stardom.
Drafted 25th overall in the 2019 draft, Brown never fully hit his stride last season after returning from surgery on his right foot for a lisfranc injury. Brown was still plenty fast, but lighter and just not as confident running his routes as when he was at Oklahoma.
''Sometimes I tried to make a cut my foot wasn't able to make,'' Brown said Wednesday on a Zoom call with the Baltimore media. ''Doing stuff that I was used to doing and not able to do it, it was frustrating.''
Brown began his offseason by working to get his foot at 100 percent. Then he hit the weight room and ran hard on the track.
''It must've just clicked for him this offseason, really, to get healthy, to start eating right, to start training harder,'' Ravens strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders said. ''It would've been really easy to sit in the sofa the past four months (during a pandemic) and do nothing. To Hollywood's credit, he got after it.''
When Brown showed up to training camp last week, he had an additional 20 pounds of muscle and a can-do attitude.
''I feel I've got bright days ahead,'' he said. ''I feel 100 times better than I did last year. All I've got to do now is focus on plays instead of focusing on my feet and trying to stay healthy.''
While there's certainly nothing wrong with a season in which he had 46 catches for 584 yards and seven touchdowns, Brown intends to do more in 2020. If there's a deep ball up for grabs or a cornerback that needs to be cut down when Jackson is off and running, the 5-foot-9 Brown intends to be there for his teammates.
''The first thing he said when he came into the building was, `I'm trying to block somebody. I'm trying to set the tone in the running game,''' Ravens receiver Willie Snead said. ''I could tell by his build that he took that part seriously.''
Blocking is extremely important for a team that last year set an NFL record with 3,296 yards rushing. But if the Ravens are to get deep into the playoffs, they're going to need to keep the defense guessing with an improved passing game.
That's where Brown comes in.
''I feel like he is going to have a huge jump - more than people may think,'' Jackson said. ''He was hurt last year but he went out there and battled his tail off each and every game on a messed up foot. And now his full potential is going to show this year.''
Early during his offseason workout, Brown knew he was on his way to being a far better player in his second season. Tracking his speed with a GPS tracker provided by the team, he saw quick results.
''My first day running, not even going top speed, I matched my highest speed since I've been on the Ravens,'' he said. ''I just had to make sure it was still there.''
His ability to get downfield in a flash remains intact, even on his new, formidable 180-pound frame.
''The speed is always going to be there,'' Snead said. ''I know he's healthy now. The foot is better, he's moving a lot better. Now it's just time to get on the field and proving that part. He looks like a totally different kid than I saw last year. I'm super excited to see what he can do.''
Waiver Wire Adds: Week 4
The Los Angeles Chargers placed cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (foot) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday and promoted defensive back Jahleel Addae to the active roster in a corresponding move. Harris suffered a foot injury in the Week 3 loss to the Panthers that is expected to keep him out for at least a month and potentially up to six weeks. With All-Pro safety Derwin James (knee) already out for the year, it's another blow to a strong Chargers secondary. The good news is that Harris will be back this season. Against a strong Buccaneers passing attack this Sunday, the Chargers Defense could be a bit more vulnerable, especially against wide receiver Chris Godwin in the middle of the field.
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 29. LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quad), CB Davontae Harris (hamstring) and RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) were limited. CB Bryce Callahan (wrist), DE Shelby Harris (neck, quad), S Kareem Jackson (back) and S Trey Marshall (wrist) practiced in full. The Broncos did not hold a practice Tuesday, so the report was an estimation.
The Philadelphia Eagles placed tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, meaning he'll be out at least three weeks. In a corresponding move, the team signed tight end Hakeem Butler to the active roster off the Panthers practice squad. Goedert has a small fracture in his left ankle and also an ankle sprain. He'll be back this year, though, and was a big part of the team's passing game before going down, so he's worth stashing if you have the extra roster space. A banged-up Philly receiving corps will now rely more heavily on Zach Ertz and DeSean Jackson, if he's healthy to go in Week 4. Greg Ward Jr. might be worth a flier off the waiver wire in deeper leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a foot injury Tuesday, Sept. 29. S Jahleel Addae was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.
Carolina Panthers S Natrell Jamerson was activated from the practice squad Reserve/COVID-19 list and returned to the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Free-agent S Earl Thomas (Ravens) has already taken in offsite physical - likely in preparation to sign with the Houston Texans - but the Texans sent him home before his scheduled workout after the NFL asked all 32 teams to review their COVID-19 procedures for bringing in new players, according to sources.
Free-agent PKs Kai Forbath and Elliott Fry are expected to work out for the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with an ankle injury Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Fantasy Spin: Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the "hope" is that Goedert can return at the end of his three-week IR stint, although it sounds like it is far from a guarantee. In the meantime, his absence should lock Zach Ertz into nearly 10 targets per game for an offense that may need Greg Ward to handle a similar workload given all the injuries at receiver. Owners should hold onto Goedert, as he has incredible upside at a position that lacks a lot of it for fantasy purposes.
Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards was elevated from the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Falcons also released CB D.J. White and LB Deone Bucannon from the practice squad.
Atlanta Falcons CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a hamstring injury Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien is expected to get the start on Thursday against the Jets over Jeff Driskel, according to sources. Driskel looked terrible, albeit against a strong Buccaneers Defense, in the Week 3 loss, and Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss at least another week of action while he recovers from his injury. Rypien, 24, saw his first game action last Sunday with the game out of hand, going 8-for-9 for 53 yards and one interception. Even against a Jets Defense that has looked terrible, Rypien won't have much upside in an offense missing their top receiver for the rest of the season. Downgrade rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant for this one. If Rypien struggles early, don't be surprised if Denver goes back to Driskel.
Washington Football Team DE Matt Ioannidis (biceps) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 29. DE Nate Orchard was signed off the practice squad to replace him on the roster.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) may not be able to play in either of the team's next two games as he recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 3 versus the Denver Broncos.
Fantasy Spin: It appears he would have an outside chance of playing in Week 5, but the Buccaneers are scheduled to play the Chicago Bears two Thursdays from now. With Scott Miller (hip, groin) batting his own injury issues, Justin Watson could be thrust into action as Mike Evans' tag-team partner in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. If that ends up being the case, Watson should probably be considered a low-end flex option.
There is a chance that Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) could play in Week 5 against the Patriots, but the Broncos have more hope that he'll return in Week 6 in a more favorable matchup against the Dolphins. This is why Denver didn't place the 23-year-old on short-term Injured Reserve. The offense was just unable to get into any kind of flow in Week 3 against a tough Buccaneers Defense, and it also doesn't help that wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) is lost for the season. Lock's return should make rookie Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant more attractive in season-long and DFS leagues, but the second-year signal-caller will remain a midrange QB2 until further notice with the Broncos dealing with so many injuries. Until Lock returns, Jeff Driskel is a desperation QB2 streamer in superflex setups.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said that wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring), rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder) and offensive tackle George Fant (concussion) will all be limited in Tuesday's walkthrough practice. All three players are trending toward playing on Thursday night against the Broncos. It's good news for a Jets offense that has been pitiful without Crowder and running back Le'Veon Bell the last two games. If Crowder suits up this week, he should be quarterback Sam Darnold's top aerial target, which would put him on the flex radar in PPR leagues. Crowder could see even more targets if Breshad Perriman misses another contest with his injury.
Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette (thumb) is visiting a thumb specialist on Tuesday after he injured it in the Week 3 loss to the Patriots, and he could be sidelined up to six weeks. In a worst-case scenario, Arnette would be placed on Injured Reserve. The first-round pick fractured the same thumb in training camp, so this is certainly something to watch moving forward. Either way, Arnette should be able to return this year for the Raiders secondary. The 24-year-old has been improving and has tallied 14 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed in the first three games of his NFL career.
Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Lions) announced his retirement Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) has a small fracture in his ankle that will keep him out multiple weeks. He's not expected to require surgery.
Fantasy Spin: Goedert's absence will force the Eagles to rely more on Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders. Richard Rodgers could see a few looks, but it's not enough to move the needle in fantasy.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) has a left ankle fracture and not a sprained ankle, according to an NFL source. Head coach Doug Pederson said that Goedert will be out for an extended period of time, but the source said the timeline for a return shouldn't be too lengthy. Everything will depend on how Goedert's recovery goes. It's bad news for those that roster Goedert, as he had 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the first two games before getting injured after just six snaps in the Week 3 tie with the Bengals. Zach Ertz should see his target share increase with Goedert out, especially since Philly's receiving corps is really banged up. If you have the room, Goedert is worth stashing in an Injured Reserve spot since he should return at some point in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to 10,000 passing yards in NFL history during the Week 3 win against the Baltimore Ravens, doing so in just his 34th career game.