For the last 17 years, Ray Lewis topped the tackling charts.
He led the Ravens in tackling in 14 of his 17 seasons, topping the NFL in five of those years. The only times he didn’t lead the Ravens in the tackling department was in seasons where he missed games because of injury.
But now Lewis – and his 2,643 career tackles – are gone, and the Ravens need to find a new defender to take over as the tackling machine.
It’s up in the air who the most likely candidate is. In total, the Ravens lost five of their six leading tacklers (Lewis, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Ed Reed) from last season.
McClain is expected to make a full recovery and get back on the field for training camp. The Ravens plan to plug him in as a starting inside linebacker when he returns, which would likely make him the favorite to be the team’s top tackler.
Another candidate is rookie
The other inside linebacker in the running for the starting job is recently-signed veteran
In addition to the inside linebackers, veteran outside linebacker
So who do you think will be the new leader this year?