When this is the image that defines the beginning of your NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, things must be looking bleak for your future. In the case of safety Brynden Trawick, it came to pass that his days in Charm City are over as the team released him on Monday afternoon and replaced him with former Cincinnati Bengals safety Jeromy Miles.
In just three games thus far for the Ravens this season, Trawick has tallied three special teams tackles. The 23-year-old was a surprise addition to the 53-man roster at the end of training camp, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was impressed with the rookie’s athleticism and his ability to cover kicks and punts.
So far, Trawick is known as “the guy who hurt Jacoby Jones” because he lost track of where he was coming down the field in their Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. He also called for a silly penalty this past weekend against the Houston Texans. It seems as if the Ravens were looking to part ways with him, and Trawick’s performance in Week 3 was enough ammunition for GM Ozzie Newsome to rid themselves of his services.
His replacement, Miles, has 49 tackles in his four NFL seasons. The 26-year-old has been waived by the Bengals twice this year already. This would appear to be a special teams move for the Ravens as Miles led the Bengals in special teams tackles in 2011 and garnered the coaches’ “special teams” designation on the Pro Bowl fan ballot that season.
Prior to suffering his hamstring injury, Miles hadn’t missed a game dating back to 2011. In 2012, he tallied 15 special teams tackles, good for second on the Bengals. Before his recurring hamstring injuries bothered him in 2013, Miles had re-signed with the Bengals back in April and had played in 32 consecutive games before being waived twice by the club in three weeks.
Given the Ravens’ struggles on special teams thus far during the early portion of the season, it makes sense to bring in Miles to spur this unit for the better.