By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
8:55 AM EDT, July 31, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
116 -- total quarterback pressures for Elvis Dumervil in his past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
Elvis Dumervil has been one of the biggest standouts during Ravens training camp -- his partner in crime, Terrell Suggs, has been another -- and if these first few practices were any indication, Dumervil should be as good as advertised. Dumervil had 63.5 career sacks in six seasons with the Denver Broncos, including 10.5 the past two seasons. Pro Football Focus credited him with 116 total quarterback pressures in 2011 and 2012, an average of 3.51 per game. For comparison sake, Paul Kruger averaged 3.75 pressures in his breakout 2012 season.
18 -- tackles missed by Michael Huff the past three seasons.
The Ravens are counting on Huff to solidify their secondary, and he has the speed and cover ability to help hold things together on the back end. He is also a sure tackler. Huff missed just 18 total tackles in his final three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, according to Pro Football Focus. Ed Reed, the man Huff is replacing at free safety, missed 21 tackles last season alone. Former strong safety Bernard Pollard whiffed on 15.
plus-53.7 -- Daryl Smith’s total PFF grade from 2008 to 2012.
Smith is 31 and coming off a groin injury that limited him to just two games last season, but prior to that, the former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker was one of the NFL’s best at his position. Pro Football Focus gave Smith a combined grade of plus-53.7 from 2008 to 2012, which ranked fourth among linebackers. Only Patrick Willis, Bart Scott and Derrick Johnson had higher grades. Ray Lewis was sixth over that span with a plus-44.8 grade. In Smith’s last full season, in 2011, he was fourth among linebackers with 63 stops. Smith could be a steal.
201 -- total tackles for Arthur Brown in two years at Kansas St.
The Ravens drafted Brown in the second round in April, adding a speedy linebacker to the mix. Brown was a very productive player in his two seasons at Kansas State. He racked up 201 tackles -- 121 of them were solo tackles and he had 16.5 tackles for a loss -- while also recording three sacks and two interceptions. The Wildcats ranked 20th nationally in run defense.
11 -- passes batted down at the line by Chris Canty since 2008.
The signing of Chris Canty, who was cut by the New York Giants in the offseason, was mostly praised around the NFL, and he has looked pretty good so far in training camp. One area in which he has impressed is getting his hands on passes at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-7 defensive tackle has batted a couple of passes down and also plucked a pass out of the air for an interception during the team’s mandatory minicamp. It is nothing new for Canty, who has batted down 11 passes at the line since 2008, according to Pro Football Focus.
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