The Ravens first full team practice will be this Thursday July 26th and as always there are a few positions that will decided during the weeks of practice and pre-season games.
Today let’s take a closer look at one of the those positions – Defensive End.
ARTHUR JONES VS. PERNELL McPHEE
Baltimore lost a valuable and underrated piece to the defense when Cory Redding left with Chuck Pagano to play for the Indianapolis Colts. Redding was able to shine due to the attention that was often reserved for Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs and registered 43 tackles with 4 1/2 sacks last season.
Arthur Jones, a former fifth round pick in the 2010 Draft, hasn’t had much of an impact so far with only 20 career tackles but he did join the line rotation this past season and understands the opportunity ahead for him. He’s spent much of the off-season conditioning with his brother MMA star, Jon “Bones” Jones and appears poised to step up.
Pernell McPhee, a rookie also drafted out of the Fifth round had a strong campaign in his first season. He was effective as a pass rusher finishing second on the team with 6 Sacks while being used on passing downs. With Redding gone, he’ll need to show that he’s a more complete player to get more time on the field.
Right now if both can stay healthy it appears that they will split time with Jones getting the early downs and the quicker McPhee getting reps during passing situations. Either way a platoon or one of these men breaking out will have to suffice. The team didn’t sign a veteran and the other options – rookie DeAngelo Tyson and Terrence Moore are unproven.