As the Ravens begin their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, here are five players to watch:
Terrell Suggs, LB - Welcome back Mr. Suggs. He has followed his normal routine of training away from the Ravens’ facility during the offseason. However, Suggs is the loudest voice at practice and an unquestioned leader on defense, especially now that close friend Haloti Ngata is with the Lions. The Ravens lost linebacker Pernell McPhee to the Bears during free agency, meaning the defense may rely on Suggs’ pass-rushing and all-around play even more.
Elvis Dumervil, OLB – He set a franchise record with 17 sacks during the regular season, then added two more during the playoffs. At age 31, Dumervil wants to sack any concerns that he’s slowing down.
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Lardarius Webb, CB – After back problems hampered him during the early part of last season, Webb played his best football late in the season. Webb needs to pick up where he left off. He and Jimmy Smith remain the Ravens’ top two corners, and the leaders in their secondary.
Arthur Brown, ILB – A second-round pick in 2013, Brown didn’t play a single defensive snap last season. If he’s ever going to crack the defensive rotation, it needs to happen this season.
DeAndre Carter WR – As a 5-foot-8 undrafted wide receiver, Carter has already made a positive impression at OTA’s, both catching passes and returning punts. Carter needs to keep the momentum going if he’s going to make the team as a long shot.