Terrence Brooks hopes to be fast learner

June, 19, 2014
Jun 19
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Terrence Brooks knows what it means to be quick.

At the NFL combine, Brooks posted the 13th-fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.42 seconds, which was the best among all safeties. Now, Brooks is trying to make a speedy recovery as a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens.

In the mandatory minicamp, Brooks is not running with either the first- or second-team defense. He finds himself playing behind Matt Elam, Darian Stewart, Omar Brown and Jeromy Miles.

"It was a little hard at first," Brooks said. "Coming into a new system, it’s definitely going to be challenging. But, for the most part, with more studying and just being more of a student of the game, I feel like I’ve got a good grasp on how this defense is and the schemes. For an update, I would say that I’m doing really well with it, and now it’s just going out there and playing for us."

It's too early to count Brooks out of the running for a starting job. But he's trying to accomplish something that hasn't been done since 2010 -- start as a rookie third-round pick for the Ravens. The last one to do so was tight end Ed Dickson.

"They brought me here for a reason, so I just have to show them what I put on film to get me here," Brooks said. "I just have to go out and play and just be myself and be comfortable."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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