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Under pressure in 2016: Terrence Brooks, safety

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Under pressure in 2016: Terrence Brooks, safety

In the coming weeks, Ravens Insider Clifton Brown will take a close look at Ravens who struggled to carve out a steady role, underperformed or landed on injured reserve in 2015 and, as a result, need a strong performance to lock down consistent playing time, or a job, in 2016: Up today…

Player: Terrence Brooks

Position: safety

2016 cap hit: $766,594

2105 stats: 12 games, seven tackles, zero interceptions, one pass defended.

Comment: This will be a crucial season in the career of Brooks, a third-round pick in 2014. He showed promise as a rookie, but that season was cut short after 11 games due to a serious knee injury. Brooks worked hard at rehab and recovered quickly, but last season was also a disappointment. He was slowed by a thumb injury, and he struggled to earn playing time due to mental mistakes in practice.

“I love the guy, and he can run, he can hit,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said in November. “It’s just sometimes, he has just got to know the position, and you can’t go out, and you can’t make a mental error, whether it be in practice or whatever. That doesn’t exactly build confidence then, to let him do it in the game.”

Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill were the starting safeties when last year ended, but competition for roles and playing time will be intense. Lardarius Webb could switch from corner to safety if he is not a salary cap casualty, and the Ravens are looking to bolster their secondary through the draft or free agency

Brooks will have to earn whatever playing time he gets. If he is going to start fulfilling his promise, it needs to happen in 2016.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a high preseason ranking for the Ravens.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens ranked higher than expected in Peter King's preseason rankings. King ranked the Ravens at No. 12, surprising for a defense that is working on development during this offseason. However, with the Ravens' signing of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, maybe he will bring the fire the Ravens need on defense.

2. With day 2 of OTAs in the books, the focus has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Ravens writer, Kevin Eck noted that during the offseason, Jackson had been working out with Ravens quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris along with receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaylen Smith, so it remains to be seen throughout the summer on whether or not he has improved namely his passing game. 

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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