Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson Says He’s to Blame for WR Marquise Brown’s Lack of Targets

Ravens' Lamar Jackson in 2018. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Baltimore Ravens’ second-year wideout Marquise “Hollywood” Brown isn’t happy with his role in the team’s offense so far in 2020. Brown has been especially frustrated with the lack of targets he has been receiving and recently even went on social media to express his displeasure after getting only two looks in Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now, Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson decided to weigh in on the situation by taking the blame for the way Brown is feeling.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Jackson said that he “has to do a better job” in getting the ball to Brown.

“That’s one of our key players to our offense,” said Jackson. “I want to get him the ball, the easiest way and fastest way we can. I have to do a better job of getting it to him.”

Brown leads Baltimore with 27 receptions for 379 yards this season but has only been targeted 44 times in the past eight games. This ranks him 45th in the NFL, which is painfully low for a player that is considered his team’s No.1 option on the position.

It remains to be seen whether Marquise Brown’s public plea will help him get more looks as the season advances. Ravens have been more oriented towards rushing due to Jackson’s unique set of abilities, and it also doesn’t help that Brown is more of a deep threat rather than a wideout for short gains.

Brown was expected to have a big season in 2020, especially considering his encouraging production last year. He finished his rookie campaign with 46 catches for 584 yards and seven touchdowns.