Some of the media at the Baltimore Ravens organized team activities (OTAs) may need to check their copies of the team roster a little more often than normal this season. NFL rule changes now allow select position players who aren’t quarterbacks and punters or kickers to wear single-digit jersey numbers.
It didn’t take long for Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to come with a new number. Brown’s new #5 jersey number takes him back to his days as a standout receiver at Oklahoma where his wore same number.
“I was excited when I heard I had the opportunity to get No. 5. So, I was like— you don’t know what could happen next year, so let’s just get it done now,” Brown said.
Of course, most Ravens fans think of 2012 Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco when they see the #5 jersey. Brown is taking steps to make a name for himself in the jersey after wearing #15 in each of his previous two seasons. Last year, Brown finished with 58 receptions for 769 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers were improvements across the board from his rookie season when be had 584 yards and seven touchdowns on 46 receptions.
Brown put in a lot of work in in weight room before last season. He is continuing that effort this off season. Brown says he works out with quarterback Lamar Jackson as much as possible.
“Timing— where he doesn’t have to know if I’m going to beat the guy. He’ll throw it to a spot— I get to the spot,” Brown said.
The two players constantly talk about winning the Super Bowl to each other. The ultimate team prize of winning a championship holds more value than individual goals. Brown is only focused on helping bring another Lombardi trophy to Russell Street.
“The No. 1 goal is the Super Bowl, and there’s no other goal you could really think of, so that’s really what we’re chasing,” Brown said.
“When we’re outside, that’s all we talk about all the time. Just chilling, we’re talking about Super Bowl, Super Bowl, and that’s what we really want. Everything that comes with it can come with it; and everything that doesn’t come with it, we don’t want it.”