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
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.