Chykie Brown's role increasing in Ravens' secondary

The Baltimore Sun

There was only one real lapse by Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown in his new role as the primary nickel back Sunday against the New York Giants.

Brown aggressively tried to make a play and got caught looking on a meaningless 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to wide receiver Domenik Hixon during the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 33-14 win over the defending Super Bowl champions.

"The touchdown I gave up, it was just a lesson learned," Brown said. "I tried to get greedy and look for the ball and go for the pick instead of just playing through my man. It's something I got to learn from."

Brown led the Ravens with a career-high four pass deflections, standing up to being targeted a bit by Manning. He also had two tackles, one for a loss, as he replaced 2011 first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith as the nickel back one week after Smith struggled in his first game back from a sports hernia surgery. Smith decline to discuss his status change.

"It was on," Brown said. "I practiced all week. This was my first time with the defense starting. So, I came into the game with the mind frame that I got to make a name for myself."

Brown made a good impression on the coaching staff, enough so that the former fifth-round draft pick from Texas is expected to continue to be the nickel back going forward.

“Chykie played really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Chykie continues to get better every single week. He’s really starting to gain some confidence. There were things that, him and I kind of met in the weight room there, and there were a couple things that didn’t look right on tape that we talked about.

"But he’s getting to the point now on as a player where he can explain or articulate why he’s doing things, what he saw, or what he thought the defense called for, and they make sense. You can understand what he’s saying. It may not be right, but he’s starting to really think the game out there. That’s good to see in a young corner.”

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