Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Is Paul Kruger on the verge of being Dan Cody Part II?

Baltimore Ravens fans have often compared Paul Kruger to former Raven Dan Cody. Both were second round draft picks who could have been first round picks had it not been for physical ailments that chased some teams away.

And both have been major disappointments.

Cody could never get on the field. Perhaps his body was not built to hold the muscle mass he developed. He broke down often and today he is out of football and has been so for close to 3 years now.

Kruger hasn’t developed his game enough to earn more snaps. He backs up Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson, both superior players. However at some point players have to step up, play with their hair on fire and stand out on tape. And if Kruger does, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will find a way to get him snaps, particularly if he can put a hat on a quarterback.

But that is up to Kruger. If he fails to step up in 2011 he will validate the fans’ comparisons to Cody and like the former Sooner, the Utah Ute Kruger could be done after 3 seasons in Baltimore.

Photo by Keith Allison