Chykie Brown, cornerback
GS: 0 | GP: 16 | Snaps: 380
Season in review: Brown, who just finished his third season with the Ravens, played mostly on special teams, including in an important role as one of the gunners on the punt coverage team. The team's fourth cornerback, Brown played just 38 snaps on defense whether it was in mop-up duty or as a fill-in when one of the top three corners suffered an injury and was exploited for a couple of long receptions.
Stat that stands out: eight -- special teams tackles for Brown, which were tied for third on the team.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Starting cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb will be back in 2014, but Corey Graham is a free agent and his departure might create an opportunity for Brown to play in the nickel package. Brown will be a free agent in 2015 so his time with the team could be running out. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun /June 12, 2013)
Entering the 2013 season, the Ravens knew they would be starting two new safeties. Strong safety Bernard Pollard was released after the Super Bowl and iconic free safety Ed Reed was not re-signed.
They did bring back a lot of talent and depth at cornerback, though it also came with uncertainty. Lardarius Webb was working his way back from a major knee injury, Jimmy Smith had yet to emerge as a consistent every-down player and Corey Graham was coming off the best three-month stretch of his life.
With those three playing in front of the new starting safeties, top pick Matt Elam and veteran James Ihedigbo, the secondary took some time to gel. But they played better in the second half of the season, especially Smith, who finally started to live up with the expectations that come with being a first-round pick.
The Ravens finished 12th in passing defense and were tied for 15th with 16 interceptions, but there were promising signs for their secondary going forward despite more turnover expected this offseason.
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