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Ravens rookie Orlando Brown Jr. is a smash-mouth tackle who thinks 'like a DB'

Ravens rookie Orlando Brown Jr. is a smash-mouth tackle who thinks 'like a DB'

There is no archival footage of the first time Orlando Brown Jr. really put a defender on his fanny, which is a shame. Brown’s retelling of the pancake block lends the play an apocryphal quality. Even he cops to being fuzzy on the specifics of just how far downfield he bulldozed this poor eighth-grader nearly a decade ago.

It felt like 20 yards, he said Thursday. Probably, it was more like 6. But this defensive tackle was a big boy — maybe 6 feet 5, 380 pounds. Only Brown, the son of “Zeus” himself, then tipping the scales at over 400 pounds, loomed larger on the St. John’s College High School (D.C.) football field that day. It’s fair to wonder whether the Grassroots Youth...

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