With Cory Redding now gone, theres a chance for someone to step up and fill his spot on the defensive line and make some noise. The Ravens will need that since Redding became such a force in his short time here.
USA TODAY had an interesting preview on the Ravens as they head into training camp, and one of the things they focused on was whether or not Arthur Jones can help fill Reddings spot. Jones did well at times last year, and the big question for him is if 2012 can be a breakthrough season.
Jones will be battling Pernell McPhee for a starting spot at defensive end and may have had a bit of an edge in the spring OTAs and mini-camps. The reason: McPhee had some minor knee surgery that kept him out.
McPhee had a good season last year, a mild surprise as he was a late-round draft pick. But he certainly showed hes a very good pass rusher, something the Ravens needed last year and will need once more this season especially with Terrell Suggs going to be out for a long stretch due to his off-season injury.
But Jones will be in his third year and has improved through each of his first two seasons. He wont be the kind of pass rusher that McPhee is, but will give the Ravens some power and strength at defensive end.
Jones is 6-foot-3 and 313 pounds, but the USA TODAY article talked about how hes gotten leaner and more muscular, something that will help him on the field this year.In the end, however, there might not be a winner in the sweepstakes for the starting spot.
They could actually both win.
The Ravens could very well use both players together in various situations. They like to do that to give them depth. That gives coach John Harbaugh and his assistants more options. If that works, the Ravens win either way.