The Ravens special teams unit received a boost on Wednesday as the team announced the promotion of safeties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick.
“Those are two guys who have been on the practice squad,” John Harbaugh explained. “Those are guys who will give us a chance as backup safeties but also as special teams players that have done a good job in practice on special teams when they’ve been in there It will give us a chance to bolster that area a little bit.”
The move came on the heels of the team parting ways with veteran Michael Huff, who did not live up to expectations since his arrival here in Baltimore during the offseason. The Pittsburgh game did not help his cause, as he was a key culprit on special teams during the long return by Antonio Brown that set up the game-winning field goal.
While Trawick is best known as the player who put Jacoby Jones out of action in the Denver game, his stats on special teams are commendable. He is among three players tied for the second-most tackles (3) on special teams thus far this season, despite only playing in three games.
“These are two good young safeties,” Harbaugh responded when asked if the new additions can help this season and in the future. “We have high hopes for both of these guys. Omar [Brown] has been here a year-and-a-half now. Brynden [Trawick was] kind of a surprise guy to make the team the first week or so. [He] had a great training camp. We think they both have tremendous on defense and [can give] special teams immediate help, yes.”
Brown, who signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2012, became a fan-favorite for his play during the preseason. He played in all four preseason games in 2012, registering nine tackles and an interception. He saw action in three preseason games in 2013 where he record nine total tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. He also saw action in the final three regular season games of 2012, even racking up a sack of Eli Manning during the Ravens’ Week 16 win.
While these moves will not be the end-all/be-all answers on special teams for the Ravens, Brown and Trawick should certainly help the coverage units.
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