Marquise "Hollywood" Brown still has legal matters to deal with following his arrest for speeding on Loop 101 in north Phoenix two weeks ago.
But the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver can now focus more on football, as he is taking part in more team practices and is building his on-field rapport with quarterback Kyler Murray.
Brown doesn't seem likely to play against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday night in the Cardinals' second preseason game. He's scheduled for his next court appearance to deal with the charge of criminal speeding next Tuesday morning, the day the Cardinals are scheduled to depart for practices and a preseason game with the Tennessee Titans.
"Just learn from it, you know, I'm not a guy to get in trouble. So I'll just put it in my past and make sure I'm always doing the right things at all right times," Brown said.
He was asked about why he was traveling at 126 mph, according to a court document, in a 65 mph zone. Brown wouldn't offer details but said he wasn't late for practice that day, August 3.
"Very disappointed. I mean, I got a lot of kids that look up to me. So I want to set the right example at all times," Brown said.
Brown opened training camp on the non-football injury list with a minor hamstring problem, and the day before his arrest was activated for practice. He was released from jail the same day he was arrested, and reported to camp the next day.
Brown was acquired in an offseason trade with the Ravens after catching 91 passes for 1,008 yards including six touchdowns in 2021. He's reunited with one of his best friends, Murray, and has already caught passes in individual and team drills from Murray in camp.
Elements of the Cardinals' offense are similar to what Brown played in while in college at Oklahoma.
"There's always going to be growing pains the first year in the offense, but like I said all along, his familiarity with the offense based on his college experience definitely helps, and then his comfort level with the quarterback is huge," Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "He'll feel more and more comfortable as it goes along, and then I expect by Week 1 for him to understand what we're trying to accomplish. We'll have the game plan in for a couple of weeks at that point and he'll get a bunch of reps in."
The idea that Brown didn't feel like he was a good fit in the Ravens' offense and wanted to be traded didn't tell the whole story of his time in Baltimore, Brown said.
"It was just something, you know, for my career that I had to do, but I love everything that the Ravens do, what they stand for," Brown said.
Going to the Cardinals meant more chances to catch passes in a familiar offense.
"Yeah, it's about happiness. I mean, I want to feel like I'm a part of something to win. At the Ravens, I just felt like sometimes, they really didn't need me, like, regardless if I was there or not, they're going to win games," Brown said. "And you know, I love the game too much. I want to be involved."
•Kingsbury said his starters will get almost all of their preseason action in the joint practices in Tennessee. After holding out those players for much of the preseason last year, the Cardinals got off to a hot start, and Kingsbury is inclined to continue that. He added that he likes the idea of joint practices every year, though they aren't likely to take place in Arizona because of the need for two football fields.
•In the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" reality TV series, a brief scene previewing the in-season version of the show, which will feature the Cardinals starting in November, shows Kingsbury sitting at a desk in an empty room looking intently at a computer screen. The clip was filmed at State Farm Stadium. "It looked like I was doing a lot, didn't it?" Kingsbury joked. "It looked like I was in prison."
•Rookie TE Trey McBride practiced Wednesday and is getting over back spasms. Kingsbury said McBride, the team's top draft pick, will make his Cardinals preseason debut Sunday.
•WR Antoine Wesley is still a week or two away from returning, though surgery has not been ruled out for an injury to his groin/hip area. Kingsbury said the team feels better and better each day about avoiding that.
•The Cardinals released LB Jesse Lemonier on Wednesday, five days after he had a sack in the team's first preseason game.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Cardinals' Marquise Brown on arrest, Baltimore Ravens trade