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Safety Omar Brown Trying To Find A Spot

Posted Jul 7, 2014

The opportunistic safety is trying to move off the practice squad, but it’s a crowded position.


Omar comin’.

Fans of the Baltimore-based television show, “The Wire,” know the line.

But Ravens safety Omar Brown, who has tantalized fans with forcing multiple turnovers in preseason games, is still trying to find a place on the Ravens’ 53-man roster.

After two years spent mostly on the practice squad, the opportunistic safety is trying to make the leap in his third season. And he’s trying to do it at a crowded position.

“Honestly, it’s tough,” Brown said.

“Going on my third year, I understand now. I don’t let it get to me that I’m not where I want to be yet. I understand it’s part of the game. I’m just going to keep having a good time.”

Brown has been a training camp and preseason star in previous years. As an undrafted rookie out of Marshal in 2012, he came up with one interception and two fumble recoveries in the preseason. He had a forced fumble last preseason.

In practice and preseason games, Brown has often found himself at the right spot at the right time.

“I think I just have a feel at the safety spot; I’ve got a feel for the game,” he said. “I’ve already got my plays down, so that’s second nature. I get the call and I’m already thinking about what the offense is doing.”

But Brown hasn’t done enough to earn a spot during the regular season. He was promoted for three games as a rookie (he recorded three tackles, including a sack) but just one game last year.

His defense isn’t how he’s going to primarily win a job, however.

“Special teams,” Brown said. “Going into my third year, I understand how the system works. It’s all about me finding a spot on special teams so I can get on the defensive side of the ball.”

The Ravens could use someone to step up on special teams with the loss of Corey Graham in free agency. Graham was perhaps the best on the team at covering kickoffs and punts, as well as blocking for them.

Baltimore has other safeties that will contend with Brown in that area, including Anthony Levine, Jeromy Miles, Brynden Trawick, newly-signed veteran Darian Stewart and third-round rookie Terrence Brooks. For Brown to make the 53-man roster, he’ll likely have to beat out at least two of them.

“We’re full at safety right now,” Brown said.

“I’m going to do what I have to do and keep getting looked at. But at the same time I’m not going to stress over it. I’m going to enjoy it. The only thing I can do is make more plays.”

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