2. Signing outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and unleashing him
The Baltimore Ravens addressed their pass-rushing needs by signing veteran EDGE and former no. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year, $6 million deal midway through training camp to bolster a unit that looked a little bit overreliant on youth and upside.
Clowney signed the classic one-year pact that he's been playing under for years on end now, and he's only going to get $2.5 million guaranteed. That said, it's more than probable that he ends up getting that and much more as he's been so impressive that he gets a ton of money via incentives.
Amid the injuries of fellow outside linebackers David Ojabo (perhaps season-ending) and Odafe Oweh, Clowney has seen his role grow from a backup to a starter to a leader of the Ravens pass rushing.
Yes, Clowney should get to the quarterback and hit them more instead of just getting close to doing that, but nobody is complaining and the pressure the former South Carolina standout is applying is bringing the heat on a snap-per-snap basis.
Bonus kudos to fellow veteran OLB Kyle Van Noy, who was signed just a few days ago but already teased his talents in Week 4 stepping up to the plate when his name was called and already putting on a solid performance in his first game as a Raven.