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The Baltimore Ravens' pass-rush battle took shape in preseason Week 1

By Gordon McGuinness
Aug 13, 2019
Baltimore Ravens

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After the Baltimore Ravens lost Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs in the offseason, the battle for snaps among the Ravens’ edge defenders in is something that continues to develop over the summer. Suggs and Smith ranked first and second on the team, respectively, in terms of total snaps, and combined to rack up 114 total pressures, including 18 sacks and 24 hits in 2018.

One starting spot this year is likely locked in barring injury, with Matthew Judon just behind those two with 674 snaps a year ago — also ranking third on the team with 42 total pressures. But it’s the spot opposite him that is most up in the air. Pernell McPhee is the front runner to see the most snaps, but his health will play a major role in that, having never topped 600 snaps in a single season and combining for just 861 snaps over the past three seasons. Still, when he has been on the field, he has been productive. He had the best season of his career as a pass-rusher back in 2014 with the Ravens, racking up nine sacks, 24 hits and 40 hurries from 426 pass-rushing snaps.

Assuming Judon and McPhee start, who are the main candidates to rotate in with them heading into 2019?

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