Marlon Brown trying to repeat success

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Marlon Brown was the best rookie on the Baltimore Ravens last season. The former undrafted wide receiver now wants to avoid being a one-year wonder.

Brown finished last season with seven touchdown catches, which tied a Ravens rookie record and topped all NFL rookies except for San Diego's Keenan Allen. Recent NFL history says Brown has a good shot at repeating his success in the end zone.

From 2008 to 2012, there have been 11 wide receivers who have caught more than five touchdowns in their rookie season. Seven have scored more than five touchdowns in their second seasons: Austin Collie, Mike Wallace, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith and A.J. Green.

Can Brown follow in their paths? He's working hard to do so.

“At the end of the day, I just want to be a guy who is consistent, who is reliable, who you can count on every day, not just on certain days,” Brown said. “I just want to keep being consistent every day.”

The challenge for Brown will be opportunities. Last season, Brown was the No. 2 wide receiver after Anquan Boldin was traded and Jacoby Jones injured his knee in the season opener.

Now, Brown looks like he will be the fourth receiver because of the addition of Steve Smith and Jones' experience in Gary Kubiak's offense. Brown will still play a major role in the red zone, where the 6-foot-5 Brown is big target for quarterback Joe Flacco.

It was a slow start for Brown in offseason workouts and early in training camp, when he struggled with drops. Last season, Brown only had one drop and his drop percentage (1.2 percent) was sixth-best in the NFL among wide receivers with at least 35 catches.

“I was big on not dropping a ball anymore. Just practice catching, hands placement, everything,” he said. "I’m still young, so I’m trying to improve on everything in my game. I just go back and watch the film, and I see things that I’m doing right, and I see things that I’m doing wrong. I work hard on all my weaknesses.”