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Matthew Judon reminds everyone Lamar is 'the guy here'

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon (99) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) await the start of practice at Under Armour Performance Center.
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In case anyone needed further clarification, Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon provided it on Monday. 

"First, let's not get this wrong. We all know who the guy is here and that's No. 8," Judon said following Baltimore's first day practicing with pads. "No. 8 is the guy here. On the defense, I'm one of 11. I'ma do my job, and I'ma do my job the best I can." 

Lamar Jackson is clearly the most important player on this Ravens roster, and Judon knows that, even if he did receive the team's franchise tag worth over $16 million.

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Still, it's important to recognize that Judon has got an unabashed confidence about himself. 

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Anyone who watched the Ravens' magnificent season in 2019 noticed Judon playing all over the field on the defensive side on the ball, a key reason why Baltimore finished the year as the league's third-ranked team defense

"I wear many hats on this defense. Whatever hat I gotta put on for that play, I'm gonna do it to the best of my ability and I'm not a selfish guy when it comes to football," Judon said. 

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While Judon's importance to this Ravens team goes without question -- hence the franchise tag compromise Baltimore slapped on him so they wouldn't lose his vital services -- both he and Jackson are now focused on one thing: a Super Bowl

 

"I got franchise tagged, I'm not the franchise guy," he said. We all know who that is and that's the MVP."