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Ravens rookie safety Terrence Brooks getting more involved on defense

If expanded playing time suggests a growing level of trust, then Ravens rookie free safety Terrence Brooks is taking steps to boost his reputation with the coaching staff.

Brooks played a season-high 31 snaps on defense Sunday during a 38-10 rout of the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium. A week ago he was a healthy scratch against the Cleveland Browns.

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Although the third-round draft pick from Florida State didn't generate any big plays in his most extensive workload, Brooks did record two tackles and didn't look out of place on the field.

"I got a little bit of action back there," Brooks said. "You got to make sure you trust those guys back there. That's what you have to build. It has nothing to do with ability, no matter what people think.

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"It's only a matter of time before I get more time. People need to realize that I'm a rookie and playing one of the toughest positions on the field. The coaches just want to make sure you have everything down before they put you out there."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Brooks is arguably the Ravens' fastest safety having run the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, but has to prove that he's knowledgeable about the defense before he'll start ahead of veteran Darian Stewart.

Signed to a four-year, $2.871 million contract, Brooks recorded 56 tackles, eight for losses, one sack and two forced fumbles last season for the national champion Seminoles.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's seen progress from Brooks.

"Without getting into many specifics, he's a good football player," Harbaugh said. "He plays fast. It seems like he has a good sense of the ball back there. He came off the hash on a corner route and really almost got the ball out, but had the presence and wherewithal to take his right hand and try to get the ball with the left hand. He still got the receiver down when they made a really good throw and catch. He played well, and he merits more playing time."

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