The Baltimore Ravens organization has always been known for having one of the more imposing and intimidating defenses in the NFL. Strong defense is a tradition in Baltimore, yet the Ravens find themselves heading into this season with some concern regarding their defense, particularly their front three.
The Ravens run a 3-4 defensive scheme and as they transition from preseason to regular season, it’s no secret that they’ve been plagued by injuries to players on the defensive side of the ball. Two of their defensive lineman, defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore, have both been lost to season-ending injuries. Urban suffered a torn ACL and Lewis-Moore tore his achilles, thus leading to a very concerning lack of depth for the Ravens’ front three.
On the bright side for the Ravens, the D-line will still be anchored by two season veterans. Ten-year player Chris Canty will remain at defensive end and five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata, who is typically the starting nose tackle, is expected to move to defensive tackle. Brandon Williams, a second-year player out of Missouri Southern State, is expected to fill in at nose tackle.
While the Ravens have their starting D-line set, they currently only have five defensive lineman total on the active roster. This lack of depth has to be the biggest concern for the Ravens heading into the season. Defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been sidelined all preseason due to a hip surgery this offseason, yet he is expected back around Week 7. Aside from Cody, however, the Ravens will need to make some moves in order to compensate for a very thin depth chart on the defensive line, and these moves need to be made quickly.
DeAngelo Tyson is set to be the backup defensive end for Canty, and the one remaining defensive lineman the Ravens currently have on their active roster is rookie Timmy Jernigan. Considering how close the season is and the fact that the Ravens only have three off days between their first two games of the season, it’s no stretch to say that acquiring some stability on their defensive line’s depth chart needs to be a major priority for the team.
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