Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown Is on Schedule, Nearing Debut
First-round wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown wasn’t on the field for the first day of training camp, but he’s not far off.
Brown passed his conditioning test, which means he’s running, but he hasn’t yet been cleared by team doctors for football practice.
“He has passed the conditioning test. [That is a] great sign. He can run,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
“That’s in the doctors’ hands right now, in terms of the healing process. No setbacks. He is on schedule. I think they want to make sure that this cut and that cut don’t make him feel pain. They’re probably erring on the side of caution to some degree, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on it, because it’s never in the coach’s hands. I’m hopeful, and I’m really expecting him back here pretty soon.”
Brown had foot surgery after suffering the injury in the Big 12 Championship game.
He is expected to be a big part of the Ravens’ offense this year, using his dynamic speed to stretch defenses and keep opposing teams from stacking the box to stop the run. The former Oklahoma star is a threat to score on any snap.
Once he gets on the field, Brown will have to quickly get up to speed with the rest of the offense. Brown has been getting in a lot of mental reps and has been in meetings. He was on the sideline at practice Thursday.
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Cyrus Jones Returns After Long Absence
Ravens cornerback/returner Cyrus Jones is back on the field and in the thick of a tight competition after an unspecified medical issue caused him to sit out OTAs and minicamp.
Jones declined to provide specifics about what was wrong.
“I don’t want to get into that,” Jones said. “It’s past me, I’m good. I’m back on the field where I’m supposed to be and everything’s on the up-and-up.”
Jones said he was a little nervous and anxious before the first training camp practice.
“Getting that rust out of my system, getting my feet back up under me,” Jones said. “Intensity’s up, it’s NFL training camp. It’s crunch time. I think it’s fun. Having the fans out here is cool. I think that’s one of the coolest parts of training camp.”
Jones dazzled last year as the team’s punt returner for the second half of the season, including a key 70-yard touchdown in a win over the Oakland Raiders. He averaged 14.4 yards per punt return and had four over 20 yards and two over 40.
The Ravens scooped up the Baltimore native last year after he was released by the New England Patriots, who selected Jones in the second round in 2016.
Jones now finds himself in a tough battle for a roster spot. If he doesn’t win the starting punt returner job, where he’s a leading contender alongside running back Tyler Ervin, Jones will have a bigger hill to climb considering the team’s extraordinary depth at cornerback.
“It’s very competitive, but that’s what makes it fun, guys competing out there trying to get better,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to helping the defense as well. Coming out every day, showing that I’m reliable and can make plays, earn a role.”
Other Ravens Who Missed Practice
Harbaugh confirmed that three Ravens missed Thursday’s first practice because of failed physicals/conditioning test: outside linebacker Shane Ray, offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.
“It’s a failed physical and conditioning test. So, those guys have to either pass the test, or we will have certain conditioning protocol that they will have to go through,” Harbaugh said.
“Really, we want to make sure that they’re ready to practice the way we want to practice and make sure they’re safe and make sure they’re productive and ready to go. We have a standard for that, and we stick to it.”
Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo was waived with a non-football injury designation.