Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown alertly diagnosed a pass thrown over the middle by backup quarterback Matt Schaub intended for running back Javorius "Buck" Allen.
Brown broke on the football Friday morning as it glanced off Allen's hands, snaring it on the fly and returning the interception for a touchdown.
Once he reached the end zone, a visibly excited Brown leapt into the air and did a flying hip check to celebrate with free safety Kendrick Lewis.
Having played sparingly since being drafted in the second round by the Ravens two years ago out of Kansas State, the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year was understandably upbeat about this successful practice sequence.
"The last time I remember scoring a touchdown was in college," a smiling Brown said. "It's been a while. It's always a relief to go out here and make a play."
The play was routine, just simply a case of Brown reading his keys and shadowing Allen.
"Really honestly, it was just playing good coverage, a solid Cover 1," Brown said. "It came off and I executed."
Brown has recorded just 15 tackles in 18 career games with zero tackles last season in four games.
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Brown, 25, is trying to kick-start his NFL career heading into his third season. He has bulked up to roughly 242 pounds after playing his first few seasons between 227 and 232 pounds.
The former college All-American and blue-chip recruit is hoping the extra weight will translate into increased playing time even though he's behind starting inside linebackers C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith.
"I'm pushing anywhere between 240 and 242 pounds," Brown said. "It's all about what I'm about to do and how I perform."
Brown recorded 201 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions in two seasons at Kansas State after transferring from Miami. He's looking to increase his production, but knows he has a lot to prove. Special teams is likely his fastest path onto the field this season.
"Just take it one day at a time, lot of expectations from my end and the coaches' end," Brown said. "I've just got to execute and do my job."