Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (93) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

How Do Injuries Affect Ravens Defensive Line Depth?

The injury bug has struck the Ravens defensive line depth again for the second time in nearly two weeks.  Sophomore defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s practice and will miss the season.  Nearly two weeks ago, rookie defensive end Brent Urban tore his ACL in practice.  It’s a devastating blow to what was a position of strength for the Ravens and one that was seeing some great competition in camp.

Lewis-Moore and Urban were both fighting for a spot in the Ravens defensive line rotation behind stalwart Chris Canty. Canty’s backup last season, DeAngelo Tyson, will most likely be worked back into the rotation following the injuries.  The Ravens had moved the versatile Tyson to nose tackle this season due to the depth they once enjoyed at DE.  As an end last season, Tyson racked up 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception while playing 153 snaps.

The Ravens could then slot Terrence Cody, who is currently on PUP, behind starting nose tackle Brandon Williams to take the place of Tyson.  That is, if Cody is healthy by the start of the season.  The current depth chart also lists undrafted rookies Derrick Hopkins and A.J. Pataiali’l behind Tyson at the nose.

Another position switch that could take place is moving Pernell McPhee back to defensive end, a position he played the last two seasons before switching to outside linebacker this year.  Linebacker is one of the deepest positions on the Ravens right now, so this move might make the most sense.

The Ravens definitely have some options, even though they may not be ideal.  But rarely do things ever go as planned in the NFL, so the team will adjust as necessary.  Hopefully one or two undrafted rookies can step up and fill the void, but it will prove difficult.  Free agency is a possibility, but there isn’t much quality depth out there.  We wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens added a camp body, but they are more likely to stick with guys on the current roster.

What do you think the Ravens should do to address their dilemma at defensive end?


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