During OTAs, it’s common to hear coaches heap praise on players. However, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was even more enthusiastic than usual Tuesday when talking about second-year inside linebacker Arthur Brown.
“Art Brown has improved light years from a year ago,” Pees said. “This guy has really had a great camp I think. He is so improved from a year ago. I’m really excited about him.”
Maybe the Ravens’ decision to draft inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round has sparked Brown’s sense of urgency. Mosley may win the starting job at one inside linebacker spot, while inside linebacker Daryl Smith was one of the Ravens’ most consistent players last season.
If Mosley and Smith start, where does that leave Brown? He could still earn regular reps in passing situations because pass coverage is one of Brown’s strengths. Josh Bynes will also compete for time at inside linebacker, but last year's starter, Jameel McClain, signed with the Giants during free agency.
Brown was a second-round draft choice in 2013, so the Ravens have believed in his ability. If Brown has improved as much as Pees said, the Ravens could be both younger and better at inside linebacker.