Ex-Ravens pass rusher could join Patrick Queen revenge tour with Steelers

The Ravens may have lost another performer to Pittsburgh
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Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen defecting to the Pittsburgh Steelers (for what he claims is less money in a win-now move) has been well documented. In addition to losing Queen, Baltimore recently saw former young pass rusher Jeremiah Moon get snatched up by their hated rivals within the division.

With Mark Andrews returning during the playoff push and Baltimore's league-best pass rush leaving opportunities for playing time few and far between, John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta caused a chain of events that saw Moon get let go and Mike Tomlin vacuum him up soon after.

While Moon may have gone into his Pittsburgh career in largely the same role he was in during his Ravens career, his recent showing at OTAs was so impressive that it's looking more likely he will make the final 53-man roster as a special teams player and backup speed rusher.

Moon has reportedly been one of the most impressive players at Steelers OTAs, showing the speed and power that made him a prized recruit at Florida. A Ravens team who needs pass rush skill might be kicking themselves if Moon breaks out in Pittsburgh.

Jeremiah Moon could burn Ravens by joining Steelers pass rush rotation

Moon is a former four-star recruit who never managed to put it all together in college at Florida. In six seasons with the Gators, Moon tallied just eight total sacks and 14 tackles for loss. This led to him going undrafted, but the Ravens were intrigued by his physical gifts.

Moon was waived prior to the AFC Championship game, which was a sign that Baltimore was not overly interested in developing him. Not only has he been playing well for Pittsburgh, but he's been so effective in this area that there's a shot he ends up in the team's pass rush rotation as a backup.

TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith are figured to be the unquestioned starters, and 2023 fourth-rounder Nick Herbig is backing up one of them. The competition for the fourth edge rusher spot is wide open between a bunch of undrafted free agent castoffs, and Moon might have the upper hand here.

The Steelers will be a much better squad than they were last year, and Lamar Jackson has usually has more trouble with them than any other team in the AFC. Watching them possibly win games with Queen and Moon at their disposal would be rubbing salt into Baltimore's wound.