Alongside the defensive front-seven starters is the versatile veteran linebacker L.J. Fort. Fort, a well-traveled player has made his impact felt early in this season. In week one there was the forced fumble on special teams and this week was the immaculate fumble recovery and return for a touchdown. This play showed Fort’s instincts, effort, and the impact he brings, he clearly fits right in with the locker room and is mentoring the other younger inside linebackers. He plays limited plays but makes the most out of them and is a leader on special teams as well.
When Fort is on the field it is known. Playing almost every special teams snap he helps give teams second thoughts about faking punts now. Furthermore, Fort has become a solid pass defender and fills lanes very well on defense so teams have to consider him when they see him on the field. With other impact players getting thrown away from, having solid role players like Fort makes playing offense very difficult for the opposition.
With rookies Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison both starting and getting eased into it, having a rotation and a veteran backup is important. Fort’s two-year extension last season solidifies his role as a mentor, special teams ace, and figure on this team. As of right now, Fort is pushing the rookies for playing time which can only end well for the Ravens. As the young guys learn it may be his turn for an increase in playing time.