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The Competition 2017: Defensive Line


Returning Players

DT Brandon Williams ( 6-foot-1, 340 pounds, fifth season)

DT Michael Pierce (6-0, 339, second season)

DT Carl Davis (6-5, 327, third season)

DT Willie Henry (6-3, 300, second season)

DE Brent Urban (6-7, 300, fourth season)

DE Bronson Kaufusi (6-6, 285, second season)


Chris Wormley (6-5, 300, third-round pick)

Patrick Ricard (6-3, 300, undrafted)

Projected Starters

Williams is a lock to be in the starting lineup. He'll be the anchor in the middle of the line and a key piece of the defense for years to come after signing a contract this offseason reportedly worth $54 million. Pierce will be right next to him in the starting lineup after impressing everyone last year as an undrafted rookie. Pierce and Williams will be one of the league's top run-stuffing duos. Beyond Williams and Pierce, the Ravens have several young players competing for significant snaps.

Key Role Players

The Ravens use a heavy rotation on their defensive front. That means they will need to get key contributions from players like Davis and Henry, who both spent last season on injured reserve. Davis and Henry were third and fourth-round picks, respectively, and the Ravens are counting on them to take on a larger workload this year. Confidence in their talent was part of the reason the Ravens were willing to trade away starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan this offseason.

Most Anticipated Battle

In addition to trading away Jernigan, the Ravens also saw starting defensive end Lawrence Guy sign with the Patriots in free agency. That leaves the defensive end spot up for grabs, and Urban, Kaufusi and Wormley are all competing for it. Urban has the most experience of the group and he took the bulk of the first-team reps in offseason practices. But Kaufusi and Wormley were third-round picks with loads of potential, and the Ravens are eager to see how they perform in training camp. Kaufusi's rookie campaign was cut short by a broken ankle in last year's training camp, but he's fully recovered and motivated to make an impact. Wormley is a talented player who was highly respected at Michigan, and he could prove to be an important piece of the line if he develops quickly.

Let's take a look at all the players on the roster as the Ravens head into training camp.

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