After the Ravens’ heart-breaking loss to the Steelers on Sunday, wide receiver Marquise Brown took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about his usage on the field.
"What's the point of having souljas when you never use them (Never!!)" Brown wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Brown has 27 catches on 44 targets this season through seven games with 379 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 54.1 yards-per-game, 13 yards more than he averaged a year ago. But against the Steelers, he was a near non-factor.
He caught just one pass (for a touchdown) for three yards on two targets. His target share tied him for fifth-most on the team. Both of his targets came on back-to-back plays.
Wednesday, quarterback Lamar Jackson said the team needs to get Brown more involved in the passing game.
“For sure, that’s one of our key players to our offense,” he said. “We want to get him the ball the best, the easiest, the fastest way we can. Just have got to do a better job of getting it to him. He’s a big part of our offense and we need him. Just got to do better at that and we’ll be fine.”
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he spoke with Brown about his tweet and that he appreciated the fact that he deleted it. He hadn’t talked to him in person about the tweet as of Monday, but spoke with him over text.
The Ravens’ passing game has struggled this season in a year where expectations were high for Jackson and the team to take the next step. But if Brown can take a step forward and get more involved as he wishes, it’s possible the offense could take the jump they’ve been looking for.
“I’ll tell you this, he did play the game like a soldier,” Harbaugh said. “He was fighting very hard out there — blocking and running routes and had, obviously, a big touchdown catch - almost another one right before that. So, I like the way he was fighting. I don’t disagree with the fact that if he’s saying he’s a soldier. But I promise you, we’re trying to use all of our guys; he knows that.”