Rookie cornerback Chykie Brown made his biggest contribution of the preseason Thursday night when the fifth-round pick intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson disrupted by linebacker Chavis Williams and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Later in the game, Brown leveled running back Antone Brown on a tackle.
"It gives me a lot of confidence," Brown said after the Ravens' practice on Friday. "That's a good way to close out your last game, just to show up in front of a lot of coaches and open up a lot of coaches' eyes. So I feel pretty good."
Brown is trying to squeeze on to the Ravens' 53-man roster as the sixth cornerback. He could be headed for the practice squad.
"Chykie did really well," coach John Harbaugh said. "He was up and down at camp and understanding the defense [from a] discipline standpoint. Chykie got out there and made a lot of the right decisions."Brown and running back Anthony Allen, the team's seventh-round choice, may be the two draft picks with the longest odds at securing spots on the 53-man roster. Being drafted by the organization usually indicates that the club will retain a rookie, but Brown knows that's no guarantee.
"I could be a first- or fifth-round pick, and they can get cut if they want to," he said. "It depends on if the coach likes you or not."
So does Brown feel confident that he will remain with the Ravens? He's not sure.
"Right now, my heart is beating fast because you don't know what's going to happen tomorrow when the last cut is," he said. "Hopefully, my future is looking good."