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Arthur Brown aiming for starting job as Ravens start workouts

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When the Ravens made Arthur Brown a second-round pick last season, there were some that thought he’d step right into a starting role at inside linebacker with Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe both leaving the team after winning the Super Bowl.

Baltimore signed Daryl Smith, though, and Jameel McClain got the majority of the starts alongside him as Brown came off the bench in passing situations. His coverage skills served him fairly well in that role, but there’s an opening for Brown to start and play all three downs with McClain now a member of the Giants. Brown plans to do what he can to grab it.

“It’s an honor to even be considered and compete for that spot,” Brown said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I’m looking forward to it. Some strengths to my game are my explosiveness, my speed and being a sideline-to-sideline defender that has a high motor and has great instincts to the ball. I take that into account and play to my strengths and work on the other levels of my game to make me the complete package as a player. That’s what I’m working on. Last year, was a stepping stone for me and a lot of the other rookies to learn and gain from our experiences. I’m looking forward to making a greater impact and a greater contribution this year.”

The Ravens haven’t closed the door on other options at the position. Rolando McClain has been reinstated from the retired list and the team met with Alabama’s C.J. Mosley recently, but Brown was drafted last year in hopes that he’d move into a leading role for the defense. He’s gained some weight ahead of what should be an extended chance to show he’s the man for the job this spring and summer.

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10 Responses to “Arthur Brown aiming for starting job as Ravens start workouts”
  1. thepftpoet says: Apr 21, 2014 11:07 AM

    Is there any player on any roster not aiming for a starting spot?

    It’s not like any players want to be backups.

  2. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 21, 2014 11:09 AM

    This dude is fast. But a little to light in the rear. Can’t see him being an every down player.

  3. thebirdsareback says: Apr 21, 2014 11:42 AM

    Hope that weight serves him well, he isnt a particularly “thick” guy. Lots of upside though, I hope he takes this time to learn from D.Smith.

  4. lenbias34pt says: Apr 21, 2014 11:56 AM

    Asa Jackson , Darian Stewart and Brandon Williams are the other Ravens who are likely to become house hold names in Baltimore this season.

    With Arthur Brown, if he puts in the work, it’s a given.

  5. ravenswhat says: Apr 21, 2014 12:45 PM

    They should’ve offered Philly a late pick for his brother at RB. Rice is a huge question mark moving forward.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 21, 2014 2:11 PM

    2nd round pick who doesn’t start = bust

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 21, 2014 2:23 PM

    “Asa Jackson , Darian Stewart and Brandon Williams are the other Ravens who are likely to become house hold names in Baltimore this season.”

    Add Lance Moore and DHB to that list.

  8. Future HOF 20xx says: Apr 21, 2014 4:29 PM

    Add Lance Moore and DHB to that list.

    Oh definitely, because around week 4 is when buyers remorse will set in and it’ll be the reason you guys give for Ben’s awful start.

  9. sbchampsagain says: Apr 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    2nd round pick who doesn’t start = bust

    Cough, Limus Sweed, cough!

    What about first rounders who don’t start right away?

    Jarvis Jones?
    Ziggy Hood?
    Cameron Hayward?

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 22, 2014 4:43 PM

    Newsflash – Limas Sweed was a bust. And only the rarest of athletes start in LeBeau’s D their first year or two.

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