Ravens highest and lowest rated players: Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) leaps over Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (95) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Lowest rated defensive players

Courtney Upshaw (-1.8), Lardarius Webb (-1.1), Kapron Lewis-Moore (-1.0), Terrell Suggs (0.0), Chris Canty (0.2) 

Besides the devastating loss of Terrell Suggs, the other bad news was the disappointing play of Courtney Upshaw, who has initially been pegged as Suggs’ replacement.  Upshaw was by far the Ravens’ worst pass rusher on the night and received only a neutral grade against the run as well.

Webb was mostly neutral against the run, but he was also the worst Raven in pass coverage.  If he continues to struggle, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Arrington quickly pushes him for snaps.

Lewis-Moore only played 12 snaps in his regular season NFL debut, and was neither great nor terrible in any particular area.  He’s going to need some time to develop and get up to speed after missing his first two seasons with devastating injuries.

It speaks to how good the defense really was when you have a guy with a positive grade in your bottom 5. Chris Canty, oddly enough, struggled against the run (-1.6) and showed well as a pass rusher (1.7).  Who would have guessed that one?

Overall, the Ravens defense was better than expected.  Despite the loss of Suggs, which is going to hurt, they have more than enough talent to overcome and excel in 2015.

Next: Ravens grades vs Broncos, week 1

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