Pernell McPhee is becoming a Key Component for the Ravens’ Defense


Drafted in the fifth-round of this year’s NFL Draft, rookie defensive tackle, Pernell McPhee has been a load to deal with in the middle of the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive line.

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The young defensive linemen is quietly developing into a force up front for the Ravens.

On a cold, wet and rainy day in Cleveland this past Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, sacked Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy not once, but twice. McPhee appears to just keep getting better and better as the season goes on.

McPhee has just been one of the many reasons why the Ravens’ pass rush is head and shoulders above where it was last season. In his first 12 games as a pro, McPhee has accumulated six sacks, which is good for second on the team, trailing just Terrell Suggs’ 10.

Not only has it been McPhee, but guys like Paul Kruger and Arthur Jones have given this team great production along what is now one of the most vaunted defensive lines in the NFL.

With the depth that McPhee, Kruger and Jones have provided, it’s made the Ravens a lot deeper this season, allowing the coaching staff to rotate players in and keep guys fresh.

It also may be the reason why Baltimore isn’t wearing down in the regular season’s final weeks.