3 major storylines to follow on Baltimore Ravens defensive line this preseason

From the starters to the bottom of the roster players there is plenty to watch on the Baltimore Ravens defensive line

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1. Baltimore Ravens have young depth on the defensive line

The Baltimore Ravens are a bit thin on the defensive line. When you consider that Blackson and Urban are both veterans with a couple thousand snaps between them, they do not need all that much work this preseason. Justin Maduuike and Broderick Washington will be saved for key roles in the season and Michael Pierce has had too many injuries to worry about during the preseason.

Travis Jones will get serious work this summer, but the rest will be depth names. Trey Botts, Kai Caesar, and Rayshad Nichols will get the most playing time. Botts is a 3-technique option, but he is coming from CSU-Pueblo, so he definitely will be feeling the learning curve.

Caesar is more of the nose tackle type, and he is a rookie UDFA from Ohio. He does not have the physical traits that Botts does, but he may see an easier transition. Then, there is Nichols, who got on the roster briefly last season as a rookie UDFA.

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The Ravens will be hoping to track his progression from year-to-year and see what type of jump he made. We should see Nichols get a lot of work next to Travis Jones, and then Botts and Caesar will probably finish the game as the dup next to each other. The rotations before them will be brief to get the others a few snaps here, and there, but those four are the names to watch in terms of development.