The Ravens have developed a few of the NFL’s finest defenders of all time and it appears historical past is repeating itself as one among their linebackers’ careers is trying eerily just like a Corridor of Famer’s.
In line with NFL on CBS, LB Roquan Smith and Corridor of Fame LB Ray Lewis have virtually an identical stat traces by their first six seasons within the league.
Smith, who Baltimore traded a second-round decide for in 2022, definitely finds himself in nice firm with Lewis however might want to proceed stacking seasons taking part in at a excessive stage to stay with him.
Lewis completed his profession with 2,050 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 19 pressured fumbles, 31 interceptions and three touchdowns whereas being named to 13 Professional Bowls and the NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr twice (2000, 2003).
Nonetheless, Lewis would probably say that his greatest accomplishment in his 17-year NFL profession was being part of two Tremendous Bowl championship groups.
Smith, equally, has an opportunity to be part of a championship squad in 2023. The Ravens are internet hosting the Chiefs within the AFC title sport on Sunday and the six-year linebacker may play a large position in figuring out the result of the sport.
Smith might be given the position of protecting future Corridor of Fame TE Travis Kelce all through the sport. If he can assist shut him down, the Ravens can have an opportunity to win and head to Tremendous Bowl LVIII.
Good factor for Baltimore, the All-Professional linebacker prides himself on by no means crumbling below the strain.
“I do not really feel strain in any respect. Some do say strain bursts pipes and breaks diamonds,” Smith instructed reporters. “So, I might say we’re within the diamond-making enterprise. On the finish of the day, we simply have to return out and be who we’re.”
Solely time will inform if the Ravens win their franchise’s third Vince Lombardi Trophy by the top of the season. But when they do, Smith might be an enormous cause why.