Ravens highest and lowest rated players, preseason week 2

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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (91) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Highest rated defensive players

Courtney Upshaw (2.5), Albert McClellan (1.9), Cassius Vaughn (1.9), Brennen Beyer (1.2), Anthony Levine (1.0)

The Ravens need Upshaw to fill the shoes of departed linebacker Pernell McPhee, and Saturday night’s performance should give them a little bit of confidence that he can.  Upshaw played 24 snaps and recorded a QB hurry, receiving a positive pass rush grade of 1.6.

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McClellan is a special teams ace, but saw action on 28 snaps and mostly played in coverage and on run downs.  He racked up 3 tackles and 2 defensive stops in an impressive performance.

A lot of people are leaving Vaughn off their Ravens final roster predictions, but not me.  He had a particularly good night in coverage and racked up 5 tackles, one pass defensed, and 2 stops across 46 snaps in the best performance by a DB on the night.

Beyer, on the other hand, has his work cut out for him in regards to making the roster.  He turned in a solid 52 snaps on the night, recording a QB hit, 2 hurries, and 2 tackles, playing very well as a pass rusher.

Levine had a solid but unspectacular night, but lands on our list because of the horrid play elsewhere across the Ravens’ defense.  He managed one tackle across 31 snaps and played reasonably well in coverage.

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