After catching the game winning touchdown last week against the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Marlon Brown of the Baltimore Ravens earned a lot more trust from quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco put the nine-yard pass high in the air to his most inexperienced and inexpensive receiver. Brown leapt to make the catch and somehow got both feet in the back of the end zone, lifting the Ravens to a 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
“I’m not thinking back there, ‘Who is in this position? Can I trust this guy?,’” Flacco said. “If I was thinking that — if that was going through my head — I’d have all the confidence in the world, and he’d be a guy that I’d pick out. He is a great football player. He has got a lot of things going for him, and he’s getting better and better each week.”
Brown has earned that trust. He leads the Ravens with six touchdowns in the red zone, and only four other wide receivers have had more this season: Denver’s Wes Welker (10), Pittsburgh’s Jerricho Cotchery (nine), Dallas’ Dez Bryant (eight), Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (eight) and Cincinnati’s Marvin Jones (seven).
With Torrey Smith on what some can call a slump of a season, having Brown step up for the Ravens in big situations is nice for the team, as they are fighting for a playoff spot.