Here's the first real snapshot of the defense without NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs in the lineup. Bereft of Suggs due to his partially torn Achilles tendon, the Ravens will try to harass a smart quarterback in Matt Ryan who's known for his quick release and pocket awareness. Paul Kruger (above) is the top candidate to make up for some of Suggs' lost production. He looks primed for an expanded role. It's imperative that Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee generate more heat on the quarterback by shooting gaps, and that defensive coordinator Dean Pees is creative with his blitz packages. Strong safety Bernard Pollard, inside linebacker Jameel McClain and cornerback Lardarius Webb are likely to be frequent blitzers.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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