by Mike Mullenix
It seems that hard work pays off and some good plays during the preseason have given some Ravens youngsters a little more quality playing time with the number ones. According to Baltimoreravens.com, Aaron Mellette, Arthur Brown and several others were given more playing time in practice with the starters showing they have caught the coaches eye as they look to cut down the roster to 75 on August 27th.
Mellete has had a good start to the preseason with two touchdowns in only two receptions. He could do worse than catch a td with every reception, as was said about Hall of Famer Chris Carter, but several more reception certainly wouldn't hurt his chances to make the team. Although it is way too early to compare him to Carter, he certainly is showing he can be an NFL receiver.
Brown seemed more at home in his second preseason game. With a pair of back to back significant plays, he showed how his quickness can allow him to identify a play and shoot the gap, stopping the running back before he could get a step or instantly identifying a screen and shutting down the outside, forcing the runner inside where help was. Although he technically started the Atlanta game, due to starting the game in the nickel package, he spent more time with the number ones on the practice field today.
When John Harbaugh stated that rookies were not being given positions they would have to earn it, he meant it. It looks like the rookies got message and several are rising to the top and getting the coaches attention.