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Training Camp Competition: Inside Linebacker

LB Malik Harrison
LB Malik Harrison

In the Hunt

  • Chris Board
  • Malik Harrison
  • Josh Ross
  • Roquan Smith
  • Trenton Simpson
  • Deion Jennings (undrafted rookie)
  • Yvandy Rigby (undrafted rookie)

Projected Starters

Smith is the Ravens' defensive leader on the field and in the locker room, setting the tempo at practice and playing with fiery intensity on game days. He's been named first-team All-Pro the past two seasons and has six straight years with at least 100 tackles. Entering his second season, Simpson is the heir apparent to replace Patrick Queen (Steelers) in the starting lineup. With athleticism and a strong work ethic, Simpson has enjoyed a strong offseason so far and looks ready for the challenge.

Best Battle

Board has returned to Baltimore after two years away in Detroit and New England and has the inside track to make the 53-man roster as a special teams ace. However, he will be challenged by Ross, another special teams standout who's fighting for a role after being primarily a practice squad player last year.

Under the Radar

Harrison has become a major part of the linebacker rotation due to his talent and versatility. He can play inside and outside and played 21% of the defensive snaps last season. He also saw more special teams snaps (307) in 2023 than anyone returning to Baltimore's roster. Queen played nearly 100% of the snaps last season, and Harrison could help pick up the slack if the Ravens don't thrust Simpson into a three-down role.

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