There have been few linebackers having as successful a season as Patrick Queen is having right now and the league is being put on notice.
For the past two weeks, we have seen two incredible performances by Patrick Queen. Queen has bounced back quite impressively after coming off of one of his worst performances of the season against the defending world champs, Kansas City Chiefs. The former LSU Tiger has shown to the Ravens staff and fans that he is not on the path of becoming a first-round bust and that he has much more promise of being a dominant force.
After the 27-3 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Patrick Queen’s performance was worthy enough of earning the AFC Defensive Player Of The Week honors. Queen finished with nine total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. One of the fumble recoveries was returned 53 yards for a touchdown. Queen was able to impose his will and play a huge part in handing his former LSU Heisman Award-winning teammate, Joe Burrow another L in the win-loss column.
Last game against the Washington Football Team, we saw Patrick Queen everywhere on the football field, finishing the game with 12 total tackles. He was playing sideline-to-sideline and was wherever the football was. Queen has natural instincts to find the football. If Queen is able to perform the way he has for the first five weeks of the season, he may easily be an early candidate for Defensive Rookie Of The Year.
Patrick Queen’s early strong performances of his rookie year may have the Ravens staff confident that they may have found another linebacker to be mentioned in the ranks of former dominant Ravens linebackers. Will Queen be able to consistently play at the high level that he has shown so far to be mentioned in the same likes as Ravens legends Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Bart Scott, C.J. Mosley, and Peter Boulware? Queen has big shoes to fill and he surely has shown that he has the ability to be great.