Ravens rookie safety Brynden Trawick made the costliest mistake of the game on Thursday when he ran into teammate Jacoby Jones, knocking him out of the game and sidelining him for 4-6 weeks. Trawick’s explanation is simple: He just didn’t see Jones until it was too late.
“Just lost sight of the returner, pretty much,” Trawick told the team’s website. “I was just trying to block my man and lost sight of where Jacoby was. It’s unfortunate that I ran into him. I’ve just got to have more awareness there.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh noted that Trawick was playing his first NFL game and made the kind of fundamental mistake that inexperienced players tend to make.
“That’s an experience play probably. [He’s an] inexperienced guy, new situation for him,” Harbaugh said. “We played a lot of young guys out there tonight. There’s going to be a learning process with those guys. You just keep coaching, keep fighting. They’re good guys, they work hard and they want to do well. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Trawick obviously screwed up on that play, but the Ravens like his potential, and he played well on special teams in the preseason after signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Troy. All Trawick can do now is try to make a play on special teams soon that gets him noticed for the right reasons.