Baltimore Ravens: Who Stood Out Against the Saints?

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Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

  1. DT Carl Davis

The rookie played most of the game after starting. This situation typically would not happen during the first preseason game, but the Ravens were thin at the defensive line.

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Davis was very effective in his ability to clog up the middle of the field. He had an open lane into the backfield, where he tackled running back Tim Hightower for a loss. He showed his strength when he stopped the running back in his tracks with only one arm before finishing the tackle with two.

The former Iowa defensive tackle was falling when he made contact with Hightower, so his ability to maintain his grip was impressive all while preventing the running back from making back to the line of scrimmage.

He applied pressure on the quarterback on multiple occasions also. The Ravens are expecting the rookie to contribute almost immediately, and he certainly had a good showing in his first game.

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