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Orlando Brown: Body fat ‘has changed’ since joining the Ravens

August 13, 2018 - 10:35 am

By Joe Schiller

Checking in at 6-8, 345 pounds back in March at the NFL combine, Orlando Brown clocked a 5.85 40-yard dash time and was ridiculed by scouts and experts for a historically bad combine performance.

Fast forward to August. Brown has found a home with the Baltimore Ravens and is thriving early into his rookie campaign. Brown has looked solid at right tackle throughout the team’s first two preseason games, earning snaps with the starting offensive line.

And while his on-field performance has been notable, Brown also has made strides physically.

“When I first got here, I was 23 percent [body fat], 338 [pounds]. Now, I’m at 350 and 19 percent,” Brown told reporters following Saturday’s practice. “So, my body fat has changed a bunch. In January when I started training, I was at 31 percent [and weighed] 365. Yeah man – I’m just working.”

Those improvements are significant. Brown is the tallest player on the Ravens roster, per the team’s website. It’s drawn shades and comparisons of his late father, Orlando “Zeus” Brown, who played in Baltimore for six seasons.

Joe Flacco offered compliments to the rookie following the team’s Thursday night preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.

“He’s so big, he swallows people up,” Flacco said. “He has natural ability to play that position and be a really good football player, so it’s exciting to see.”

Per Pro Football Focus, Brown did not allow a pressure on 35 pass blocking snaps during the game. That’s a positive sign, even against mainly backups.

The Ravens came into the offseason with an open competition at right after releasing veteran Austin Howard. They re-signed James Hurst to a four-year deal, but he’s played his best at guard.

If Brown continues to improve over the course of the preseason and keep the pocket clean, he can build a strong case to be the Week 1 starter at right tackle.

To those who’ve followed the team closely this season, that wouldn’t be a surprise.