After the Ravens win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3 and being on the wrong end of jokes on social media, the Ravens’ wide receiver Marquis “Hollywood” Brown was not disappointed at himself.
Brown knows the importance of leaving the past behind, and he did so in the Ravens’ 23-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Brown finished the game with a spectacular diving touchdown from 91 receiving yards and four receptions.
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“I’ve always believed [Brown], said Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. “Things happen in games. When your brothers are down, others should step in. This week, he stepped in for us. We just play ball and keep it going.”
With the game tied at 7 in the middle of the second quarter, Jackson launched the ball 49 yards down the field. Brown traversed the entire Denver secondary before laying down in the end zone to grab a touchdown and give the Ravens a 14-7 advantage.
According to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Jackson’s deep shot hit 60.8 yards in the air, the longest finish of his career and the second longest shot by any quarterback this season.
“I knew I was standing in line [Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons] And I knew he was a great player,” Brown said. “So I got up on him. I was able to flip his hips, and have a play.”
Later in the second quarter, the Browns made another big game. With 3:59 in the half and the Ravens pinned on their 11-yard line, Jackson Pump faked before throwing Brown down the middle for a 32-yard reception.
“It just shows you who he is,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of the Browns. “I expect a lot more from this in the future.”
Brown knew his performance last week was unacceptable, as he had spent many hours working on those catches. “I’m working very hard on my root-running and isolation to drop the ball when I’m open,” Brown said earlier in the week. “It could be anything. It could be the ball not even looking inside. It could be many things, but the fact is it can’t.
There was no extra pressure on Brown to prove the suspects wrong. Indeed, while some athletes turn their backs on social media, Brown enjoys getting a good laugh from it.
“It’s weird; in this day and age, how do you look at it,” Brown said. “I look at it that way: if I’m out, and I’ve got this dude in a fantasy, [and] Here he is… I’m going to laugh with him. It’s all fun and games. I don’t take social media very seriously.”
Brown was all smiles after the game as he knew those who criticized his poor performance last week were praising him for his performance on Sunday afternoon.
“If you do well, the same people who talk negatively will do well, so why would you take it so seriously?” Brown said.