2. L.J. Fort may need to be a consistent starter:
If you told me at the beginning of the year that the Ravens would lose Patrick Onwuasor for a game or two and it wouldn’t be a big deal, I would have been skeptical. L.J. Fort, a player who the Ravens brought in a couple weeks ago, may have been an upgrade to Onwuasor as an inside linebacker. Fort played textbook sound football. He played well against the run and he made a huge overall impact in the game. Fort had five tackles. Two of them were tackles for a loss and one of them was a sack on Wilson.
Fort was a downhill linebacker in this game who read his keys very well. He was in the right spot at the right time. I was as big of an Onwuasor guy as there was before the season, however you can’t deny Fort gave the best Mike Linebacker performance of the Ravens’ season. The Ravens found Fort as an in season pick up and a player that the Philadelphia Eagles let get away.
When he was signed it was hard to know what to expect. The Ravens may even be getting better play from Fort than they had hoped for. The dynamic at inside linebacker has to have changed, even when Onwuasor comes back.
At the minimum, Fort showed that he could be trusted to do his job when he’s on the field. Fort may not be C.J. Mosley, but he is an aggressive linebacker who knows his assignment. The Ravens have to consider letting Fort keep the starting job as an inside linebacker. If he is going to play like this, he should be on the field more than he is not.