The acquisition of outside linebacker
Especially when defending in obvious pass situations.
The presence of those three players, along with the addition of defensive linemen
The Ravens finished in the middle of the pack with 37 sacks a season ago. But Suggs missed the first six games with a torn Achilles tendon and was playing with just two good limbs after tearing his triceps. Upshaw was a rookie and was more of a run stopper than a pass rusher. And
Kruger is gone, but the Ravens got a cheaper and potentially more productive replacement in Dumervil, who was a three-time
Dumervil will now team with Suggs to give the Ravens one of the NFL's top combos -- Suggs told Mike Preston that he has never played with another pass rusher as good as him -- and those two will spend a lot of time chasing quarterbacks together on third down. But Upshaw might also find his way onto the field.
Upshaw impressed as a run defender in his rookie season and will likely be on the field often on early downs, but the Ravens could potentially use him with Suggs and Dumervil in some sub packages. He showed his versatility last season and even played some defensive tackle against the
Pees has plenty of time to determine how he wants to deploy all the weapons in his arsenal, but it is pretty scary to think about the possibility of the Ravens unloading those three players along with a couple of linemen -- maybe
If Suggs and Dumervil -- somebody needs to come up with a clever name for that duo -- live up to the lofty expectations, Upshaw develops as a pass rusher, and the secondary is boosted by the return of cornerback