Marlon Brown, Aaron Mellette and Tandon Doss are not making this easy on the front office. The decisions at receiver are going to be highly difficult and haven’t been cleared up tonight - but in a good way.
All three have been productive with Brown’s latest - a 50-yard touchdown reception with some nice speed after the catch - giving the Ravens a 21-17 lead with less than 12 minutes to go.
Brown now has four catches for 79 yards and a score. Doss has five receptions for 75 yards and Mellette has two for 24. Somewhat telling is the fact that LaQuan Williams hasn’t been used on offense. But perhaps the Ravens feel they know what they have there.
Doss has had such a difficult preseason that he needed a big day. Whether it saves him remains to be seen. Brown and Mellette have intriguing size and have been quick to adjust to NFL action - albeit exhibition action.
You would think at least one of the two rookies will make the team, if not both. Brown appears to offer more than just receiving. He’s smart out there, making some standout blocks to show he can play without the ball in his hands. If not for a torn ACL last year, he would’ve been a big-time prospect one would think.
Update: The Ravens end their preseason 2-2 after Chase Reynolds’ 17-yard touchdown reception with 2:40 to go gave the Rams a 24-21 win in both teams’ exhibition finale.
Baltimore had two possessions in the last 2:40, but came up empty.
Caleb Hanie played the whole game at quarterback, going 20-for-39 for 272 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, the second coming on his last pass of the game.
Bobby Rainey made his case for a roster spot by running for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
And the receivers’ stats all remained the same except for Mellette, who ended with five catches for 70 yards. Baltimore has some solid options there and might end up regretting whoever they choose to cut at the position.
That’s a wrap for the exhibition season. Denver awaits one week from tonight.