Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ravens Defenders on the Move: Webb, Kindle, Kruger



The play of Lardarius Webb and the expected return of Jimmy Smith following the team’s bye in Week 5 might help motivate such a roster move. Webb has been one of the team’s surest tacklers and he’s supported the run better than any member of the secondary – by far. His technique continues to improve as well. Webb makes plays and if Cary Williams becomes a good player and Jimmy Smith is what the Ravens believe him to be, don’t be shocked to see Webb line up at safety at some point in time in certain sub packages.

A lot has been made of Sergio Kindle’s inability to be among the active players so far this season. Critics will say that he’s just not good enough while supporters will argue that he’s improving but in order to be active he has to contribute on “teams” and that has to happen on the practice field. Albert McClellan seems to be the player standing in Kindle’s way and the solid play from Paul Kruger does little for the former Longhorn’s chances as a situational pass rusher. Maybe the inactivity isn’t necessarily a knock on Kindle but a credit to the guys in front of him.

Back to Kruger for a moment, don’t be surprised if he chips away at Jarret Johnson’s playing time particularly if opponents take to the air more frequently. Kruger is a better pass rusher than JJ and has shown an ability to drop into zones in coverage. If Kruger’s development continues, JJ could be another of those Ravens favorites who move on much like Messrs. McGahee, Gregg, Heap and Mason did this past offseason.

3 comments :

Jerry B said...

Time marches on and stops for no one! Given Kindle's recent medical history, the LAST place he belongs is on....special teams! If he's either not good enough or healthy enough to crack the lineup, maybe he should be relegated to either the IR or, if possible, the practice squad to make room for someone who can help immediately. I'm not the coach, but just sayin'.....

spy said...

I thought this all along about JJ , especially since Ozzie gave him too much money for what he is...............

Wendell G. said...

Kruger really does need more playing time. It's ridiculous that the Ravens are just now noticing his potential.