No one said it was going to be EASY in 2013 for the Ravens.
With many new faces brought in to help the team in areas of weakness, as well as to replace aging veterans on defense, here is a quick look at how those players are faring in 2013.
The 2013 season is like no other time in the history of the Ravens organization, due to the absence of one man. The retirement of Ray Lewis, the “General,” had many fearing what the team would do at the middle linebacker position. Now we all know Ray lost a step over the past few years but the addition of Daryl Smith has paid dividends. The former Jaguar has been an iron man on defense this season. Through seven games Smith has produced a team-leading 62 tackles to go along with two interceptions and has played all 466 defensive snaps.
Thank goodness for faulty fax machines. Dumervil dropped into the Ravens’ lap this offseason and had many fans drooling with excitement over finally adding another sack master alongside Terrell Suggs. Doom has accumulated 19 total tackles, five and a half sacks, one pass defended and forced two fumbles. Dumervil has played 285 defensive snaps and seems to be pulling ahead of Courtney Upshaw in playing time.
It was well documented in the offseason that the Ravens wanted to shore up their run defense and Canty fit the bill. This season the team has struggled containing the run at times; however, Canty has been solid. Playing 224 snaps Canty has recorded 12 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
What can I say about Marcus Spears? His production has been limited due to injury. Having only played a total of 142 defensive snaps, his stats are minimal. In five games Spears has just 10 tackles. He is a quality depth guy but must produce more when on the field.
It appears that Huff could very well be the bust of the new group the Ravens brought to town in 2013. After being replaced by rookie Matt Elam after the Denver game, Huff has six total tackles (including two special teams tackles) in 93 snaps. Unless Elam, who has played 408 snaps, suffers an injury, Huff’s role will continue to be minimal.
When the Ravens come out of the bye and head to Cleveland to start the second half of the season, it is time to separate the men from the boys on defense.
I am expecting big things out of this group as the Ravens look to right the ship. It all starts against the Browns and quarterback Jason Campbell this Sunday.
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