A day after being waived by the Ravens, a pair of former high-profile draft picks found new homes.
On Sunday, third-year safety Terrence Brooks and fourth-year linebacker Arthur Brown were claimed by Philadelphia and Jacksonville, respectively.
A 2014 third-round pick, Brooks was among Baltimore’s more surprising cuts considering the current lack of safety depth behind starters Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb. A good athlete who flashed potential from time to time, the Florida State product battled injuries and struggled with the defensive schemes from a mental standpoint, hindering his ability to see the field on defense.
Meanwhile, Brown was a major disappointment as a second-round selection the Ravens traded up to make in the 2013 draft. Unfair comparisons were initially made between Brown and the recently-retired Ray Lewis, but the Kansas State product saw a total of only 10 defensive snaps in the last two seasons after playing in the nickel package as a rookie.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Brown last year when the Ravens elected not to give him any defensive snaps in the final weeks of an already-lost season.
Two other waived players found new homes on Sunday as wide receiver Jeremy Butler joined Tampa Bay’s practice squad while outside linebacker Victor Ochi joined the New York Jets practice squad.
According to Pro Football Talk, Butler declined an invitation to be part of Baltimore’s practice squad after he caught 16 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason and did not make the team. His inability to make meaningful contributions on special teams ultimately harmed his roster chances, and the possession receiver was stuck behind both Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken on the depth chart, making him expendable in the Ravens’ eyes.
Despite fan uproar over the decisions to cut Butler and Ochi, both players went through waivers unclaimed.