The wait is finally over. The Baltimore Ravens‘ Arthur Brown will finally make his debut as a starter at inside linebacker with Josh Bynes out for an extended period of time due an infection on his finger. It’s unfortunate that Brown has to start under these circumstances, but the Ravens must see what they have in their rookie who they drafted this year in the second round.
“He went into the hospital earlier this week, his finger that he cut a couple of weeks ago and played with, got infected,” head coach John Harbaugh noted of Bynes via Baltimoresun.
Now with Bynes out, we will get to see how much Brown has learned as the Ravens get ready to play their direct rivals in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown has been used almost exclusively in obvious passing-down situations, and in nickel packages as the Ravens have tried to utilize his speed. It will be very interesting to see how Brown fares against the Steelers since they love to use screens against an overaggressive defense.
The Ravens have been burned by screens this year which has contributed to the Ravens allowing 10 plays resulting to at least 40 yards, which is worst in NFL.
In terms of Brown’s size, many have questioned if Brown can handle to dirty work consistently due to a pectoral strain he suffered earlier in the offseason.
“He’s been progressing,” Harbaugh said via Baltimoresun. “He’s improved, he’s learning, he flies around. He plays fast. He’s got a great attitude. Arthur is just a tremendous young man. He’s very talented. He’s learning the defense more and more each week. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.”
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