For two years, Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown tried in vain to bulk up to prepare his body for the rigors of the NFL.

Despite his devotion to lifting weights and increasing his calories, Brown remained undersized at 6-foot and ranging between 227 and 235 pounds. And the 2013 second-round draft pick from Kansas State found himself passed on the depth chart by Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley last season and also ranks behind veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith.

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Now, Brown is finally heavier after two quiet NFL seasons and hoping that his increased size will help him carve out a role as a defensive reserve and a core special-teams contributor. Heading into his third season, the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is noticeably bigger in the upper body. Brown says he's up to roughly 242 pounds and hasn't sacrificed any speed in the process.

"I'm getting bigger," said Brown, who worked out regularly this offseason at TZ Sports in Eldersburg. "I put on some weight and I'm maintaining it right now. I do feel good moving around. It's about keeping it on.

"I ate consistently, nothing outside of my regular diet, just very consistent throughout the offseason. I'm getting older. I've been putting on that grown-man weight."

Brown, 24, has endured two frustrating seasons in the NFL following an All-American college career.

He has recorded just 15 tackles in 18 career games and had zero tackles last season in four games and was rarely on the active roster for games.

Brown was the subject of trade rumors last season with NFL teams inquiring about his availability, but the Ravens ultimately decided not to move him.

"As a team, as a defensive unit, we're building depth," Brown said. "Hopefully, I'm in the rotation."

Brown registered 201 tackles, 16.5 for losses, three sacks and three interceptions in two seasons at Kansas State after transferring from the University of Miami.

"Arthur Brown is another young man who, at this point of his career, needs to find a way to get to the field," general manager Ozzie Newsome said during a conference call with season-ticket holders. "When you've got C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith playing at a very high level, it's hard for someone like Arthur to get to the field."

The most direct path for Brown to get more playing time besides an injury to Mosley or Smith is through special teams.

"That's definitely one of my main roles and main focuses," Brown said. "That's how I need to make it on the field is in that phase of the game."

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