Kendrick Lewis could be the next new Raven to have a bigger impact than anticipated.
Last year, it was running back Justin Forsett, who had a career-best 1,266-yard season, after his initial signing by the Ravens didn’t draw much attention. Lewis’ signing as a free agent safety from the Texans didn’t generate much fanfare either. But as the Ravens prepare to start training camp later this month, Lewis is a favorite to start at one of the safety spots, and has a chance to be a key piece of their defense for several reasons:
- Lewis has nine interceptions and five forced fumbles during his career. Since losing Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard from their last Super Bowl team, the Ravens have needed a playmaking safety roving the middle of their secondary. Lewis could be that guy.
- At age 27, Lewis is still in his prime. He isn’t an aging veteran looking to close his career with a contender. He signed a three-year deal, and expects to play the duration of that contract in Baltimore.
- Lewis is durable. He started all 16 games for the Texans last season. He has played all 16 regular season games in three of the last four years. The Ravens were ravaged by injuries in the secondary in 2014. However, history suggests Lewis will be in the lineup from week-to-week.
Nobody is suggesting Lewis will have the kind of impact Forsett did. But if Lewis nails down a starting job at safety, and performs how the Ravens expect him to, the team’s secondary should be noticeably improved.