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Ravens safety Jeromy Miles capitalizing on increased defensive workload

When Jeromy Miles joined the Ravens last year, it was primarily in a special-teams ace role.

Now, Miles is operating in a dual capacity with his defensive role increasing significantly.

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Miles played 48 snaps on defense, 81 percent of the workload, during last week's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he operated as an extra safety in tandem with starters Darian Stewart and Matt Elam.

Miles also played 18 snaps on special teams, 75 percent of the kicking game playing time.

He finished with four tackles on defense.

"It had been a while since I'd played that much on defense," Miles said. "It was a lot of fun. I'm lucky to be in an organization with coaches who believe in me and gave me that opportunity. I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity."

Miles and the Ravens' secondary are preparing for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, who will be without suspended star wide receiver Josh Gordon. The Browns are led by wide receivers Andrew Hawkins (14 receptions, 157 yards) and Miles Austin (eight catches, 64 yards, one touchdown).

"Man, they're solid," Miles said. "They do what they do. They execute and play to their strengths."

In particular, Hawkins is elusive in the open field.

"They've got some awesome receivers," corenrback Lardarius Webb said. "I've been going up against Hawkings for a while. He's quick, fast with good hands and a great route-runner. He was a nice addition to the Browns."

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