‘Hol­ly­wood’ back in a flash

Rookie re­turns, shows game-break­ing speed

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jonas Shaffer

At first, Mar­quise “Hol­ly­wood” Brown said Tues­day, patience was hard. Now the Ravens wide re­ceiver and first-round draft pick said he knows what’s ahead of him. He knows the future could in­clude weeks like this past one.

On Sun­day, Brown grad­u­ated from po­si­tional drills to team drills, an im­por­tant step­ping­stone in his re­cov­ery from Jan­uary surgery to re­pair a Lis­franc (foot) in­jury. On Mon­day, he missed prac­tice en­tirely; coach John Har­baugh said only that he was “re­cov­er­ing.” But on Tues­day, the fi­nal prac­tice day of train­ing camp, Brown was back on the field, ap­pear­ing in more snaps, show­ing more speed and run­ning more routes.

De­fend­ers still kept their hands off Brown, lest an er­rant bump be­come a bad break.

But there were glimpses of his game­break­ing speed. In one seven-on-seven pe­riod, quar­ter­back Joe Cal­la­han tar­geted Brown, run­ning a slant route. Brown re­called he didn’t even know Cal­la­han had wound up un­til the ball was out of his hands.

“I just seen the ball,” Brown said. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to go get the ball.’ ”

The catch-and-run hap­pened in such a flash that quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son, watch­ing from be­hind the play, missed it al­to­gether: the full-ex­ten­sion grab, the plant on his sur­gi­cally re­paired left foot, the ex­plo­sion up­field, like he’d been wait­ing all sum­mer to reach top speed.

“I came back like, ‘What hap­pened?’ ” Jack­son said. “They were like, ‘He caught a slant and just went.’ ”

“I didn’t re­ally get to run; I kind of broke it off quick,” Brown said. “I think I only ran, like, prob­a­bly 19 mph.” (Cor­ner­back Mar­lon Humphrey said ear­lier in camp that a Ravens trainer told him that Brown had hit 21 mph dur­ing a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion run.)

Carr wins Wheat­ley Award

Bran­don Carr cares about the com­mu­ni­ties he has lived in and about their future, so he es­tab­lished the Carr Cares Foun­da­tion to in­spire stu­dents in the class­room and to help them live healthy lives.

For his con­tri­bu­tion to the youth of Bal­ti­more, as well as his work with the Na­tional Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion and his ef­forts in the other cities he has called home, the Ravens cor­ner­back was given the Tim Wheat­ley Award on Tues­day.

The award is given out an­nu­ally by the Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group to honor ath­letes and lead­ers that con­trib­ute just as much off the field as on it.

The award hon­ors the mem­ory of Tim Wheat­ley, the Bal­ti­more Sun sports ed­i­tor from 2006-09 who was killed in a car crash while driv­ing his daugh­ter to school. Wheat­ley was a strong sup­porter of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Wheat­ley’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing his chil­dren David, Will and Sarah, joined the Ravens at their prac­tice facility in Owings Mills on Tues­day to present the award to Carr af­ter prac­tice.

“I should have brought a note card for this gen­tle­man,” David Wheat­ley said. “He’s got a long list. … In­cred­i­ble, in­cred­i­ble job men­tor­ing the youth in Bal­ti­more and in other cities as well.”

Carr, 33, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round in 2008. In 2012, he signed with the Dal­las Cow­boys and joined the Ravens in 2017.

Ravens sign punter

The Ravens have signed punter Sean Smith, the team an­nounced Tues­day.

Smith fills the ros­ter spot va­cated by kicker-punter Kaare Ved­vik, who was traded to the Min­nesota Vik­ings for a fifth-round draft pick Sun­day. The Ravens needed an­other leg in camp to re­duce the work­load on kicker Justin Tucker.

Smith, a four-time first-team All-Pi­o­neer Foot­ball League se­lec­tion, who set a Day­ton record for punting av­er­age (45.4 yards) as a se­nior in 2018, at­tended rookie mini­camp with the Ravens in the spring.

JULIO CORTEZ/AP

Wide re­ceiver Mar­quise “Hol­ly­wood” Brown, the Ravens’ first-round draft pick, makes a catch dur­ing camp Tues­day in Owings Mills.

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