Ravens Midseason Rookie Grades: Tyler Linderbaum leads the way

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Travis Jones, DL, Ravens: B-, but A+ in my heart

I am going to be honest, this is one where is a little hard for me to be objective. Travis Jones was perhaps my favorite pick the Ravens made this past April, and I still believe picking him in the third round was an absolute steal.

The biggest problem for Jones so far has been getting on the field. He was sidelined by a knee injury for the first two games and then had to spend some time readjusting.

He also happens to be a part of an incredibly deep defensive front, and it is just hard to find consistent playing time on early downs when playing with Justin Madubuike, Calais Campbell, and Broderick Washington.

All these factors have kept Jones at below a 40% snap count in every game so far this season, but he has shown flashes when he has played.

He has made eight solo tackles so far and was particularly impressive against the Giants, racking up four solo tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss, and two quarterback hits.

Jones is also earning more trust from the coaching staff as his playing time has increased as of late, even starting three of the past four games.

While things have been up and down for Jones so far this year, much of that is due simply to circumstance, and I remain steadfast in my belief that he will be a good NFL player for a long time.