The strength of linebacker Paul Kruger is supposed to be in the passing defense, not against the run.
Kruger, who expected to be a starter until a back injury derailed his progress as he has been replaced by rookie Courtney Upshaw, made his mark in the Ravens' 9-6 win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Every game is going to be different. Some games we're going to have to give a bit more (yardage) and make the stops we have to make," Kruger said. "There's going to be some games where we come out and show a lot of good things we can do. It's still early in the season. We're still developing. We've got a long way to go."
Kruger had three tackles for 13 yards of losses as he helped the Ravens bottle up Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who had 125 yards rushing in the first half, for just 15 in the second half.
Kruger had major stops of Charles with the Chiefs driving with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. Kruger dropped him for an eight-yard loss. He also took down Charles for a two-yard loss on the next play.
That forced Kansas City to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop as the Ravens went into the half tied at 3 instead of trailing.
"You talk about Kruger more on the edge, along with Albert (McClellan) and along with Courtney, (they) did a really nice job of setting the edge really throughout the game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We got good knockback on the edges. Once or twice, he got around that and even got a few yards, and then we ran it down."
Linebacker Ray Lewis watched the film of the Kansas City game and was impressed by Kruger's effort. With Terrell Suggs still out with an Achilles injury, Kruger is crucial.
"When things count, we have guys that their mentalities change, and Paul Kruger is one of those guys," Lewis said. "In that second half, (he) took the tight end and just did whatever he wanted to do with him. Paul has that type of talent. ... How do you replace a Suggs? You can't replace a Suggs. But you can get a lot of experience so when Suggs does finally get himself back, you have that experience in a Paul Kruger."