Ravens could activate Aaron Mellette on game-days to avoid in-game depth issue

Aaron Mellette wasn't activated for Baltimore's season-opener against Denver. However, John Harbaugh said the rookie could be in line for playing time. - Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens were only able to rotate three receivers in after Jacoby Jones' knee injury during their 49-27 loss to Denver last week.

Marlon Brown received his first NFL shot a week ago and made the most of it, catching four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Baltimore's other rookie receiver, Aaron Mellette, was a healthy scratch for the contest. The Ravens decided to activate just four receivers last Thursday, a move that wound up costly once Jacoby Jones went down with a sprained MCL.

This could cause coach John Harbaugh to rethink that strategy and keep an additional receiver activated due to the risk of injury. With just three receivers left to play against the Broncos, and with the Ravens falling behind, fatigue became an issue.

This is where Mellette factors in, as the rookie out of Elon could wind up seeing some game action now that Jones is out for the next month. Mellette had a good preseason, catching nine passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns over four games.

It might be time to see what the seventh-round draft pick can do against Cleveland this Sunday.

"We'll just have to see how it all shakes out," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday. "You put your 46 guys up [on the game-day roster] that make the most sense for that game. But, he's playing well. There's nothing that he's doing that wouldn't make him a possibility to be active. We only had four receivers up."

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