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Cory Redding is Stepping Up for the Ravens’ Defense

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Defensive end Cory Redding has been the unsung hero for the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive line this season. Up until last week’s 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Redding had been relatively quiet for the most part, but a solid role player for the team this season.

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In Redding’s 25th career game as a Raven, he clearly had his best game, recording 2 1/2 sacks, four solo tackles, including three for a loss.

The 31-year-old Redding played his best in the second quarter, sacking San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith on a 3rd-and-13 for an 8-yard loss about two minutes into the quarter.

Eight plays later, Redding smothered Smith in the backfield for a two yard loss to give the Ravens their fourth sack of the game.

Redding, who is in his ninth-year in the league, looks to be playing like a man possessed.

Last season, Redding played very solidly, recording 42 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 15 games. This year, Redding has 27 tackles through 11 games, putting him on pace to finish right around 40 for the season, and his 3.5 sacks this season already surpasses his total from last season.