Baltimore Ravens: Third-Year Players Who Need to Step Up

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Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback

Connor Shaw

(9) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebackers

Terrell Suggs

(55) and

C.J. Mosley

(57) and defensive tackle

Timmy Jernigan

(97) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens’ rookies and even their second-year players have received the majority of the focus this offseason. However, the third-year players are some of the key players when training camp arrives.

Certainly, the sophomores are expected to begin to contribute more than they did last year. This is especially true with wide receiver Jeremy Butler who has already begun to make up for the time he missed his rookie year.

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Tight end Crockett Gillmore enters his second year and is expected to help replace injured Dennis Pitta if he is not cleared for the start of the season. Timmy Jernigan is going to step up on the defensive line to help a defense that lacks Haloti Ngata.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley is going to try to have a better year than he did his rookie season. Safety Terrence Brooks expects to return from injury to help revitalize the secondary after a less-than-stellar year last season.

Some of the third-year players need to have a good year after a disappointing sophomore season. While others, they are being asked to do more with the absence of others. Here are three players to watch as they enter their third season with the Ravens.

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