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Marlon Brown's reps increased in win over Panthers

After seeing just 24 snaps in Weeks 2 and 3, Marlon Brown played 31 snaps against the Panthers.

Patrick Smith

With what seems to be a very frustrated and faltering Jacoby Jones, who is tied for second in the NFL with nine drops so far this season, Marlon Brown could quite possibly be raised above Jones on the depth chart.

While the two receivers are obviously of different skills and assets, there comes a time to realize one player is struggling too much and a change of pace will be necessary. With nine drops on 10 targets, the problem is clearly apparent. A quarter of the regular season gone, a rotational change looks to be taking place.

In Sunday's 38-10 win over the Panthers, Brown saw the field for 31 snaps, compared to the 24 total snaps he saw over the previous two weeks. Jones only saw seven snaps against the Panthers, with coach John Harbaugh saying the veteran receiver has been "pressing" of late.

With Jones struggling, you could even make the case that Kamar Aiken deserves playing time ahead of him right now.

With Brown getting more playing time, he should be able to gain confidence and become the possession receiver he was at times a year ago.