Anthony Brown not on Ravens 53-man roster despite brilliant game vs Washington

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Anthony Brown (12) Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Anthony Brown (12) Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown stepped into the Baltimore huddle on Saturday night vs the Washington Commanders and threw for 256 yards, keeping a 23-game preseason winning streak alive for the Ravens in a 17-15 win.

There are some former Ducks who saw their preseason and time with their respective teams come to an end on Saturday night. Some may end up as free agents, others will spend part of the upcoming season on the practice squad.

Brown finished the game against Washington with an impressive NFL line thanks to two big plays to Demarcus Robinson, including a 67-yard touchdown. On the night, Brown finished with 256 yards through the air, completing 15 of 19 attempts. He was a perfect 8 for 8 to start the game. He also showed his dual-threat capability by scoring a touchdown with his legs in the third quarter.

It was a night when the typical stars did not play in the game. Lamar Jackson was among the inactive players on the night. For Washington, Carson Wentz also watched from the sidelines.

Did Anthony Brown do enough to make the Ravens’ roster?

In last season’s preseason game with Washington, Baltimore running back J.K. Dobbins was lost for the year with an injury. No one likes to see an injury, especially in a contest that for the most part is a glorified practice. Without the starters, it provides opportunity. In three weeks of preseason games, Anthony Brown has shown he deserves a chance to be part of the Ravens squad this season.

With Jackson the clear starter and Tyler Hundley as the likely backup. (Hundley also saw limited action on Saturday night), Brown was hoping the Ravens would decide to carry three quarterbacks, but when the final cuts were made, only Jackson and Hundley were listed in the QB depth chart.

Brown’s preseason performances could net him a spot on a practice squad (possibly Baltimore’s) or even as a backup on another team. There’s certainly no shortage of need for quality dual-threat quarterbacks in the league right now. Hopefully Brown will catch on somewhere.

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