Ravens waive cornerback Brew Daniel, D. J. Johnson are worked out by club to fill secondary spot

September 17, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The Ravens addressed a need to improve their defensive secondary by waiving second-year cornerback Dorian Brew, and they will replace Brew today with Eugene Daniel or D. J. Johnson, two veterans who were among a group of players the team worked out yesterday.

"Dorian worked hard, but we just felt at this time we could improve our situation a little bit," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said. "We told him to stay in shape, because anything can happen. You never know, he might be back."

The Ravens signed Brew off the Kansas City Chiefs' practice roster last October. Brew originally was drafted in the third round in 1996 by the Miami Dolphins, who waived him during the preseason.

Brew (5 feet 10, 182 pounds) played behind nickel cornerback DeRon Jenkins. Defensively, he had three tackles in three games. Brew also had one special teams tackle, although he committed a coverage breakdown that led to a 58-yard kickoff return by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.

Marchibroda said he will decide today whether to add Daniel or Johnson, who are scheduled to take physicals by this afternoon.

Daniel (5-11, 178) is a 13-year veteran who has played exclusively with the Indianapolis Colts, getting drafted by them in 1984, the first year the team relocated from Baltimore. An unrestricted free agent since February, Daniel has 35 interceptions in his career, and he picked off a pass in a 1995 playoff victory against Kansas City that helped the Marchibroda-coached Colts reach the AFC championship game.

Johnson (6-0, 190) is an eight-year veteran who was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1989 and went on to start 61 out of a possible 64 games with the Steelers between 1990 and 1993. He played the past three seasons in Atlanta.

The Ravens also worked out four receivers -- Nate Singleton (San Francisco), Russell Copeland (Buffalo), Vernon Turner (Detroit) and Floyd Turner, who played for Marchibroda in Indianapolis before suffering through an injury-marred season with the Ravens in 1996.

Sources said the team is unhappy with second-year receiver Ray Ethridge, who has struggled returning kicks in place of the injured Jermaine Lewis the past two games.

The Ravens also worked out defensive end Keith Washington (Detroit) and defensive tackle Reggie White, a four-year veteran who did not play last year. White is a graduate of Milford Mill High School.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Tennessee Oilers

Site: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV/Radio: Ch. 11/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Oilers by 3 1/2

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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