The training camp debut of Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is one step closer.
Brown passed his training camp physical Tuesday during the team's first day off. It remains to be seen if Brown will participate in Wednesday's practice, but his return to action appears imminent after missing OTAs, minicamp and the first five days of training camp recovering from Lisfranc foot surgery in February.
Brown was the Ravens' first-round pick (25th overall) and the first wide receiver taken in the draft. He was an electrifying college player at Oklahoma with 75 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Not only does Brown possess straight-line speed, but his ability to change direction and accelerate quickly makes him a threat to turn short passes into long gains with his explosiveness after the catch. The Ravens will need him to make big plays to take pressure of Lamar Jackson and the running game.
In his first draft as general manager, Eric DeCosta used two of his first three picks on wide receivers – Brown and third-round pick Miles Boykin, who has been the most impressive receiver during camp and is Brown's training camp roommate.
"We talk every day," Boykin said Saturday. "Obviously, he's always down because he wants to go out there and play. I'm anxious to see him get out on the field because he's exciting. Every time he goes out there, he gets excited. … I love Marquise and I can't wait to see what he does because, that dude, he's going to be special."
Brown, who passed his conditioning test last week, has watched practices from the sideline and has been attending meetings. However, the sooner Brown can join camp, the more time he will have to shake off rust and build chemistry with Jackson, who was elated when the Ravens drafted Brown.