OWINGS MILLS – Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown is at a crossroads in his career, as the Ravens prepare for Saturday night’s preseason game against the Redskins. Brown has not met expectations as a second-round pick in 2013. He didn’t play a defensive snap last season, and he’s in danger of not making the 53-man roster.
If Brown plays some defensive snaps Saturday, it will be another chance to make the coaching staff believe in his value. He saw extensive playing time against the Eagles last week in Philadelphia, part of the coaches trying to determine if Brown fits into their plans, or not.
“(He) played hard, got to the ball pretty good,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. (He) had a few things here and there – just like everybody had in that game – but we wanted to give him a lot of reps to kind of see where he is at this point in time. We thought the more he plays, the more we’re going to find out where he is.”
So where is Brown?
“Just say that right now, he has still got some work to do, but I thought he played better as the game went on, and he started getting a feel for what the game was,” Pees said.
Brown made a nice play in the third quarter, sacking Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley on an inside blitz. That was one of Brown’s five solo tackles in the game.
However, Brown still finds himself behind inside linebacker Zach Orr on the depth chart, and starting inside linebackers C. J. Mosley and Daryl Smith are virtually every-down players.
Browns needs to take advantage of every opportunity, both defensively and with special teams. That next opportunity will come Saturday.