1. Travis Jones is ready to step up for Michael Pierce
The Baltimore Ravens will be having a competition for the starting nose tackle spot. Maybe the most likely veteran to lose out by week one would be Michael Pierce to Travis Jones. The actual reality is that the two will split and rotate to some degree.
However, the team would also like to lean toward Jones as the bigger side of the platoon if all things were equal. Travis Jones is entering his second year, a former third-round pick. His progression this year should be turning him into a starter.
On the flip side, Pierec has not been able to get through a season healthy since 2019 when he was on the Ravens. He went to the Vikings, had two years where he barely played, and then came back to Baltimore. However, he did not play much in 2022, either.
So, Jones is up and coming and young, while Pierce is aging and starting to get injured too much. You could easily see these two changes in roles, and quickly. Jones has a shot to win this before week one.