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
Lowest rated defensive players
Tray Walker (-3.6), Lawrence Guy (-2.6), Za’Darius Smith (-2.4), Will Hill (-1.7), Courtney Upshaw (-1.5)
The Ravens aren’t going to force fourth round rookie Tray Walker into a major role this year (barring injuries), and that appears to be a good thing. Walker played a ton of snaps (49) against the Redskins and couldn’t have been much worse in coverage.
The Texas Southern alum gave up 6 receptions on 6 targets for 74 yards, with 28 of those yards coming after the catch. He also gave up a touchdown and allowed an opposing QB rating of 157.6. Against the likes of Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy.
Guy is projected by most to make the roster, but he had a poor showing Saturday night, struggling both as a pass rusher (1.8) and against the run (1.4).
Smith has had a pretty solid offseason to date but he fell flat against the Redskins, mostly as a pass rusher (-1.4). He fared better against the run (-0.3). Smith played a lot of snaps (44) as the Ravens try to speed up his development.
Hill is a surprise, showing up on our list right after signing a new deal with the Ravens. Let’s hope he doesn’t get complacent now that he has a little job security. His negative grade is the result of poor coverage after Hill gave up 2 catches on 3 targets for 21 yards and an 86.8 opposing passer rating.
Upshaw has had an up and down offseason, and played well against the run Saturday night but showed poorly as a pass rusher. That’s not what the Ravens want to see as they count on either Upshaw or Smith to fill the void left by the departure of Pernell McPhee.
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