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Harbaugh: Chykie Brown 'acquitted' himself

8/19/2014

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown has struggled mightily at times during training camp. But coach John Harbaugh sees progress from Brown, especially how he finished Saturday's preseason game at Dallas.

"Chykie acquitted himself very well," Harbaugh said.

Brown, who is filling in for injured the Lardarius Webb (back) with the first-team defense, is ranked 136th by Pro Football Focus. His low rating is mainly due to the two penalties called on him early in the preseason opener.

Brown, though, has held up well in coverage since those miscues. Only two of seven passes thrown in his direction have been completed (28.5 percent). The longest pass completed against him has been 7 yards.

He even showed some ball skills in Dallas when he knocked away an underthrown Brandon Weeden pass along the sideline.

The biggest problem for Brown is being overanxious, which often puts him out of position.

"So that’s something he has to learn, just [to] calm down," Harbaugh said. "He’s long. He doesn’t need to overreact. But the good thing that we saw him do is come back there and play the ball so well and get it out. That’s something that is a big step for him."

With Webb ruled out the rest of the preseason, Brown gets the opportunity to show continued improvement. The Ravens are still hoping that Webb and Jimmy Smith will be healthy enough to start the regular-season opener. The team would then need to decide whether Brown or Asa Jackson will be the No. 3 cornerback.