Plenty of talk has circulated about Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Elam and Michael Huff and how they will be the replacements for the loss of Ed Reed to the Houston Texans. Huff may be a veteran safety, but let’s be honest — that is really his only advantage.
John Harbaugh has another gem on the roster who is beginning to show promise: Omar Brown. Brown needs to be afforded the same opportunity that Harbaugh is offering the corners — a real shot at starting.
Brown is a second-year safety whose performance during the 2012 preseason presented a convincing case for him to at least be signed to the practice squad last year. His two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and an onside kick recovery were enough to open even Reed’s eyes last year.
BaltimoreRavens.com reports Reed saying “Everybody on this team knows this guy will be around the football, and that’s what you want. He reminds me of myself when I was that age”.
Brown is not satisfied with just earning a roster spot with the Ravens; he is looking to give Harbaugh no choice but to let him run with the “ones”. His field vision and ball magnetism would make him a viable threat for any defensive secondary. Hopefully, Harbaugh sees that he belongs in this one.
In his most recent practice, he managed to notch two interceptions from Tyrod Taylor. His ability to sniff out and hawk down the ball is exactly what the Ravens’ defense needs in order to return to dominance. Once the preseason begins, keep your eyes peeled for no. 31 (new number), because he will be wherever the ball is.