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Does LB Brown figure into Ravens' plans for 2015?

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Does LB Brown figure into Ravens' plans for 2015?

Will inside linebacker Arthur Brown make the Ravens’ 53-man roster? Or will Thursday night be Brown’s final game in a Ravens’ uniform?

How Brown performs against the Falcons in Atlanta will factor into his fate. The Ravens’ second-round pick in 2013 is on the bubble, and here are the facts. One of the Ravens’ starting inside linebackers is a Pro Bowl player, C. J. Mosley. The other is a savvy veteran, Daryl Smith. And the Ravens have two other inside linebackers who have performed better on special teams than Brown - Albert McClellan and Zach Orr.

That could leave Brown out of the picture, and looking for a job elsewhere when rosters are trimmed to 53 players Saturday. Brown is trying to block out the pressure and focus on football.

“I really don’t approach this game with that in mind,” Brown said following Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase and contribute to this team while I’m still here.”

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear Tuesday he believes Brown is an NFL-caliber player who has improved. What wasn’t clear was whether Brown would make the 53-man roster.

“Arthur has really come on,” Harbaugh said.

“He’s in a tough spot. He’s sitting there behind two really good linebackers. Daryl Smith is the most underrated linebacker in football, without question, and I’ll stand on that all day long. And C. J. Mosley, obviously, we all know that he’s one of the best young linebackers in football, if not the best young linebacker in football. That’s where Arthur is at.”

Asked if Brown was not on the bubble, Harbaugh said, “I can’t say right now. Nothing is written in stone. You look at the numbers – you do the count – and you’re going to go, ‘Ok, what is it going to be?’ That’s for us to decide at the end…But I know one thing: (Arthur Brown is) certainly good enough to be on our team and contribute for us.”

Brown admitted it can be difficult mentally, playing behind linebackers as good as Mosley and Smith, after entering the league with high expectations as a second-round pick. 

“Honestly, approaching it with a selfish mindset, it can be tough,” Brown said. “That’s why every day I have to come out here with the mindset and the focus on the team.”

However, with the starters not playing against the Falcons, there will be plenty of focus on Brown. Then Brown will either get good news, or bad news, on Saturday.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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