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Marlon Brown resurfaces for Ravens in preseason finale loss

Asa Jackson returned a punt 53 yards, but his fumble Thursday was a cause for concern. Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Marlon Brown let everyone know that he's still on the Baltimore Ravens.

In what has been a quiet summer, Brown caught three passes for 64 yards in the Ravens' 20-19 preseason finale loss at the Atlanta Falcons. He showed his big-play ability by beating rookie second-round pick Jalen Collins on a 42-yard catch from quarterback Matt Schaub.

Brown, who missed a huge chunk of training camp with back and hamstring injuries, entered this game with only 36 yards receiving this preseason. He is expected to be the Ravens' No. 3 receiver, and he's going to be relied upon more given the injury to first-round pick Breshad Perriman.

"We did think it was really important to get Marlon reps," coach John Harbaugh said after the game. "He missed so much of training camp. Get out there and make some plays, catch some balls, get upfield after you make a catch, [and] just play football. And he did well."

QB depth chart: Joe Flacco didn't play in his seventh straight preseason finale. In one quarter of work, backup Schaub completed all seven passes for 88 yards. More importantly, Schaub didn't complete any passes to the Falcons. Third-stringer Bryn Renner looks like he's headed to the practice squad. He was erratic.

No answers at backup running back: The Ravens have to have some concern about who's backing up Justin Forsett. With Lorenzo Taliaferro sidelined with a knee injury, rookie fourth-round pick Buck Allen has failed to impress. He managed 10 yards on six carries (longest run was 5 yards). Undrafted rookie Terrence Magee didn't fare much better with 37 yards on nine attempts. There will be some veteran running backs cut over the weekend.

Who made a case to make the team?: Magee and cornerback Cassius Vaughn. While he didn't produce much as a runner, Magee showed up big on special teams, showing great hustle by catching punt returner Justin Hardy from behind to save a touchdown. It also seems like the Ravens are going to give him a hard look as a kickoff returner. Vaughn played hard on defense and special teams, making five tackles, including one for a loss.

Uneven night for Arthur Brown: The disappointing second-round pick forced a fumble that was overturned by a replay review. It was a fine play because it showed great anticipation and physical play. But he then went for the knockout hit on a punt return instead of wrapping up, which led to a 70-yard runback. His inconsistency on special teams is a big reason why he's been inactive so many times in his career.

Daniel Brown's thrilling final minute: Brown nearly became an unlikely preseason hero. He blocked a punt with 50 seconds remaining, and he then caught a 10-yard touchdown 10 seconds later to pull the Ravens within 20-19. Brown was a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but he has made a case to get a spot on the 10-player practice squad.

Who got hurt?: There were no injuries to front-line players, which isn't surprising. No starters played in the preseason finale, and the Ravens only dressed 43 players on their 75-man roster. Outside linebacker Zach Thompson suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter.

Rookie watch: The Ravens' top two rookies -- Perriman (knee) and tight end Maxx Williams (undisclosed) -- didn't play. Third-round pick Carl Davis had another strong effort, and his sack ended the first half.

One reason to freak out: The Ravens didn't find a returner this preseason. Baltimore didn't know who was going to replace Jacoby Jones when training camp started, and the Ravens still don't know who is going to fill that role. Asa Jackson, who had the most chances at winning the job, fumbled a punt for the second straight week. Even though he produced a 53-yard punt return, Jackson hasn't earned the trust of the coaching staff. You wonder if the Ravens regret cutting Jones, who saved only $750,000 against the cap.

What's next: The Ravens open the regular season Sept. 13 at the Denver Broncos.