OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Top Ravens 2019 draft pick Marquise Brown took another step forward Aug. 10 as he participated in full-team drills for the first time, but neither he nor coach John Harbaugh would say whether he would play in the Ravens’ second preseason game on Aug. 15 against the Green Bay Packers.
Brown has spent the spring and summer rehabilitating after undergoing surgery last winter for a Lisfranc injury in his foot. Over the past three weeks he has progressed from light running, to individual drills with the receivers, to finally lining up opposite the Ravens defense -- and once he did, the defense playfully let him have it.
Brown, who goes by the nickname “Hollywood,” said linebacker Patrick Onwuasor told him, “You’re Holly right now. You don’t get the full name.”
“I’m just trying to make plays,” Brown said with a smile after practice, “then I earn my name.”
Brown made about a half-dozen catches in either 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 drills. One pass thrown slightly behind him by Trace McSorley glanced off Brown’s arms -- “I felt like I should have made the play,” he said -- but he made a nice sideline catch a couple of snaps later. In individual drills with the quarterbacks, he drew a loud cheer from fans when he caught a deep ball from Lamar Jackson.
“I feel like I’m moving pretty good out there,” Brown said.
Harbaugh said Brown’s first action in team drills “seemed good. I was really happy with it. … It seemed like he handled quite a bit. He was out there in quite a few drills. We’ll see how he responds tomorrow but it’s a good first step. We’re all happy to see it.”
The Ravens have played it slowly and cautiously with their top draft pick, not wanting his recovery to linger into the season. They would like to have him get some game reps with Jackson and the starting offense before the regular season, so if it doesn’t happen against the Packers, it would have to come the next week at Philadelphia. Most starters, including the quarterback, traditionally sit out the final preseason game.
“It’s up to the team and the trainers,” Brown said. “Whatever they want me to do, I’ll just follow their plan.”
TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK
ROBERTS, DIXON, CANADY AMONG ABSENCES: Wide receiver Seth Roberts, running back Kenneth Dixon and defensive back Maurice Canady were among the Ravens absent from the Aug. 10 workout, but coach John Harbaugh said those three were dealing with minor issues. “Nothing that will keep anybody out too long,” he said.
Harbaugh did announce that undrafted rookie outside linebacker Mike Onuoha broke his wrist in the preseason opener against the Jaguars. Other absences from practice were offensive lineman Randin Crecelius and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby.
TIGHT END TOUCHDOWN DRIVE: During one drill, the Ravens offense took over at the opposing 35-yard line, and Jackson led the Ravens on a six-play touchdown drive. He went 5-for-5 passing on the drive, with all five throws going to tight ends. Nick Boyle caught one, Hayden Hurst caught one and Mark Andrews caught three, including a 3-yard touchdown.
During a red zone drill, Jackson badly underthrew Miles Boykin and Brandon Carr ended up with an easy interception, but it was another strong day overall for Jackson, whose connection with Andrews continues to grow.
RAVENS SIGN DEFENSIVE TACKLE: The Ravens have signed defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. Qualls played in six games for the Eagles that year and then was on the Carolina Panthers practice squad last season. Qualls (6-foot-1, 321 pounds), who played collegiately at the University of Washington, takes the roster spot of offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who was traded to the New York Jets.
WEBB RETIRES AS A RAVEN: Before practice, defensive back Lardarius Webb formally retired in a special ceremony. The third-round draft pick in 2009 played 127 career games from 2009-17, all with Baltimore, and finished with 473 tackles, 15 interceptions and five sacks. He is the only player in Ravens history to return a punt, a kickoff and an interception for a touchdown.
Webb is the third former Raven to be honored with a retirement ceremony this summer, following Vonta Leach and Willis McGahee.
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