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After letting Corey Graham depart in free agency, cornerback is a position where Baltimore needs someone to step up. Graham played in 1,293 defensive snaps over the past two seasons—so there's a lot of playing time up for grabs.
As of now, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb are the only cornerbacks with any NFL experience on the roster. Webb and Smith are locked in as the starters.
Brown played in just 39 defensive snaps in 2013, and Jackson was only used on special teams. Entering his fourth NFL season, Brown has an opportunity to climb the depth chart, and he's impressing thus far in OTAs.
"And Chykie Brown has been playing good. He’s had his chance to get out on the field and [gain] experience, but now he gets thrown in and it’s his," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said (via BaltimoreRavens.com). "He’s going to get to show you all what he’s capable of.”
Perhaps the Ravens have not added another cornerback in NFL free agency or the draft because they believe Brown is ready to answer the challenge in 2014.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley said in a recent chat he doesn't foresee Baltimore adding another corner to compete with Brown anytime soon.
“Don't see the Ravens picking up a cornerback until the final major cutdown,” Hensley wrote. “The available corners, like [Asante] Samuel, are either aging or coming off injury. I expect the Ravens to stick with the group they have and evaluate them."
In three NFL seasons, Brown has registered 39 tackles and seven pass defenses. He'll need to do a lot more than that in 2014 to justify a significant bump in playing time.