Baltimore Ravens preseason lessons: Outside linebackers
3. There is some hope at the position:
If you haven’t heard what you want to hear yet, remember that there is some hope at the position. There are three positives so far this preseason. Tim Williams looks explosive as all get out on the edge. Tyus Bowser has looked solid himself. Matt Judon is a proven stud. The Ravens should have a core group of players at this position, and that core group may include Pernell McPhee.
For the first time in a long time, the Ravens have a young group at the outside linebacker position. Terrell Suggs had worn down and began to make a smaller impact in late season games. The only two outside linebackers with any wear and tear are Ray and Mcphee. Ray may not make this team and McPhee is going to be a rotational player. Baltimore has a group that should stay fresh. Williams and Bowser have to prove themselves when it counts, but at least they are showing up in the preseason. Williams in particular has played well. He has six tackles, and a half sack and he hasn’t had that much time on the field.
The Ravens biggest question mark on defense isn’t going away in the preseason. They have to start showing it against the Miami Dolphins in September. With that said we have learned a few things about the Ravens outside linebackers.