Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh gives safety Terrence Brooks' preseason debut high marks

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was excited to see safety Terrence Brooks back on the field Saturday after a knee injury last December put his entire 2015 in doubt, but wanted to reserve judgment until after he watched tape of Brooks' performance against the Washington Redskins.

Now that he has, Harbaugh gave a promising report on the second-year safety.


"Terrence played well," he said. "He did a good job and came out of it OK. There's going to be a little soreness any time you're coming off a knee [injury] like that, but he played fast, and he looked good out there."

Brooks, a third-round pick out of Florida State in the 2014 NFL Draft, tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15 last year. Brooks came off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 18, and said it was a "long road to get to" Saturday's game against Washington.


According to Pro Football Focus, Brooks played 31 snaps against Washington, recording three tackles and picking up a joint roughing the passer penalty with outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

"I'm just blessed to be out there again, to be able to compete with the guys," Brooks said. "But I felt good out there. I felt like I got my instincts back a little bit. I've still got to work on a few things, but it was good for the most part."

He had practiced every day since returning two weeks ago, but said his primary focus was tackling.

"That was the last step I needed to do," Brooks said. "I missed one tackle, but for the most part, I wasn't thinking about it out there, which is good."

Brooks, who took defensive snaps in seven games last year and played only on special teams in four others, is slated to be a key reserve at safety. Starters Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis have their spots secured, but Brooks, Anthony Levine, and Brynden Trawick are competing for snaps behind them.