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Street Talk Defensive Line Depth Dwindling

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The depth along the Ravens defensive front was once considered a strong point as they prepared themselves for the 2015 season.

With just a few weeks remaining until the Ravens take on the Broncos in week one of the NFL season, Clarence Brooks’ unit has raised a cautious brow to just how shallow that depth pool is getting.

Who do the Ravens have behind Brandon Williams and an aging Chris Canty?

Brent Urban is on the mend from yet another training camp injury and his status remains unknown for 2015, defensive ends Lawrence Guy and DeAngelo Tyson missed practice on Monday for undisclosed reasons, something Tyson has been doing on a regular basis, which makes his case for a roster spot a tough one.

Micajah Reynolds was already a camp body with hardly a chance to the make the team as it was. He failed to standout in any of his 38 preseason plays making his chances even slimmer.

Christo Bilukidi had been a bright spot throughout training camp, drawing praise from several of the Ravens defensive coaches, yet hasn’t fared well once the preseason started. In his 84 total snaps played in three games, the four-year NFL veteran has a negative overall performance grade, per Pro Football Focus.

It doesn’t end there.

While sources have said defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan‘s injury isn’t “too serious”, no timetable has been set for his return. Jernigan’s health is perhaps the most frightening. The second-year player is expected to fill a major void that was left when the organization traded Haloti Ngata this offseason.

When healthy, Jernigan is a force to be reckoned with, but after suffering his latest injury, the Ravens have to be somewhat concerned.

It isn’t all bad, however.

Rookie Carl Davis has filled in admirably when called upon. The 2015 third-round draft pick has shown big play capability but is still getting use to the speed of the NFL.

Kapron Lewis-Moore is another player who is still getting up to speed with the NFL. Lewis-Moore is fully healthy for the first time in his NFL career, but has admitted to having an up and down training camp. His play has picked up, however over the past two weeks.

There isn’t a need to hit the panic button just yet for the Ravens defensive front as long as the injury bug quits biting a group that has suffered enough this preseason.

If it does continue to bite, however, the Ravens’ deepest unit of the offseason could become one of their most questionable in 2015.

 

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