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

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Oct 12, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA;Baltimore Ravens defensive end

Brandon Williams

(98) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback

Mike Glennon

(8) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Brandon Williams

If Ngata had not departed, Williams’ role would not be as important. However, players move on and those who remain have to step up.

Williams started 14 games last season while accumulating 46 tackles and having half a sack credited to him. He’s going to have to try to bring more to his game if he’s going to spend more time on the field.

Ngata cannot be replaced, so during training camp, Williams cannot focus on replacing the former Pro Bowler. He needs to figure out who he is on the field without the veteran’s presence there.

Williams has to focus on creating his own identity without a veteran presence on the defensive line.

With the rookie Carl Davis having a chance to make an immediate impact, he can show leadership to the new player and solidify a young defensive line for years to come. This year is the first step to help defining this new younger defense.

The defensive line is the forefront of the defense. Williams’ third year is important not only for his own success, but also for how he will impact what could be the future of the defense.

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