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Ravens expect Arthur Brown to compete for starting job in 2014

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Second-round pick was primarily a backup this past season.

Coach John Harbaugh believes Arthur Brown will compete for the starting Will linebacker spot next season.
Coach John Harbaugh believes Arthur Brown will compete for the starting Will linebacker spot next season.
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Big things were initially expected out of Arthur Brown during his rookie season.

But it never materialized on the field, as Brown played primarily a backup role throughout all 16 games on Baltimore's 2013 schedule. In 14 games (he spent two inactive with an early-season injury), Brown only saw the field for 205 of the possible 927 snaps he was available for.

That's good for just a playing time percentage of 22, which isn't exactly what the Ravens had in mind after taking him in the second round.

But for some rookies, they need time to develop. Brown was a bit undersized as a rookie inside linebacker, so perhaps an offseason to bulk up might help him in year two.

"Art is a guy who's learning a lot of football. He bounced [between defensive positions] a little bit in college," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the State of the Ravens press conference. "And football, understanding the complexity of defensive schemes in this league — at this level — is going to take him to a starting role. He's going to compete for a starting job. He'll be competing for that Will linebacker starting job."