After having a 2014 that saw his receptions, yards, and touchdowns drastically decrease from what they were in 2013, Marlon Brown has Coach Harbaugh's eye on him. Harbaugh has come out to say that he expects great things from him in 2015, but this doesn't seem like the best situation for Brown to thrive though.
Sure, Marc Trestman is around and his love of NBA-sized receivers will surely be a boost to the 6'5" Brown. But the Ravens are far better armed in the skill position department than they were during Marlons' 2013 season where he caught on fire as a rookie.
Steve Smith Sr. is still here and will still be Joe's go-to guy until someone can unseat him. Explosive rookie Breshad Perriman is here to replace Torrey Smith in the line-up as the deep ball guy and will be given far more chances to shine as a first round draft pick. Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro were above Brown on the depth chart as well, and let's not forget about Darren Waller and the talented young trio of Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Nick Boyle at tight end that could steal looks away from Brown.
Needless to say, that's a lot of pass-catching talent that's going to get in the way of Marlon having a big season in 2015.
But Marlon could still thrive in 2015.
As I noted earlier, Marc Trestman likes to use big wide receivers in his offense, and at the very least Brown's height and sure hands makes him a useful weapon to have on third downs and in the redzone. Brown could also be the starting #2 receiver if Perriman is not deemed ready by the start of the 2015 season or is used sparingly until he gets acclimated to the speed of professional football.
Brown looks like a boom-or-bust prospect in 2015, and seeing as he is going to be an RFA next year, it's in his best interest to perform better than he did in 2014.