Standing adjacent to the line of scrimmage, Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks' vantage point gives him a unique perspective to watch a revamped group.
Brooks is enjoying himself, frequently cracking a smile after plays to celebrate another encounter won.
Since the Ravens launched training camp last week, a deep, versatile defensive line has dominated blockers in what could be a sneak preview of the season. It's early, but depth upfront appears transformed into a hallmark instead of a question mark.
"I like this group," Brooks said. "Time will tell how good we get. They are playing their tails off. Yes, I do feel good about this group and I'm happy. I look forward to watching them get better as we go. There's a lot of belief amongst these guys. They want to be very good."
Newcomer Chris Canty has regularly batted down passes and shot through gaps to disrupt the backfield.
At 6-foot-7, 317 pounds, the former New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys starter resembles a bulky power forward. The Ravens haven't had a defensive lineman this imposing since Trevor Pryce was on the roster.
"It's pretty cool because you just kind of play off of him because he's so long," Ngata said. "It's fun to watch him because he just stands up and blocks balls. I have to jump up to block balls. He's a great athlete."
The Ravens plummeted to 20th against the run last season, allowing 1,965 rushing yards for the most surrendered in franchise history. Although they won the Super Bowl in February, the Ravens' defense hadn't finished out of the top 10 in rushing defense since ranking 13th in 2002.
Besides signing Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil to a $35 million contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome invested a three-year, $8 million contract in Canty. He also signed former Dallas Cowboys first-round defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year, $3.55 million deal.
Jeremiah isn't alone in that opinion.
"This is right up there with the top guys I played with in Dallas, and those guys are darn good football players," said Spears, the top substitute at end and tackle. "There's a lot of talent. If we can get cohesive, we'll be fine. I think we can be real good."
Canty is regarded as a rare player because of his size and ability to be interchangeable at defensive tackle and defensive end. He has recorded 299 career tackles and 19 sacks.
"I see myself as a jack of all trades, just being able to fit in wherever needed," Canty said.. "I have a unique skill set. I've played inside, I've played outside. I'm very familiar with multiple front systems.
"I like to move around a lot. It gives offensive linemen a little bit of trouble in different looks when you're lining up in different places. That's going to be exciting."
The Ravens feature bookend pass rushers in Dumervil and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs. Dumervil and Suggs, healthy and fit again after a torn Achilles tendon and torn biceps limited him last season, are flanked by big bodies inside. That could free them up to chase down quarterbacks.
"Awesome, we can be really, really good this year," Ngata said. "So much depth, and our younger guys are so good. We can do a lot of things with pass rushing. It's going to be real tough, I think, to block us."
Ngata is noticeably slimmer and more mobile now after being hampered in the spring due to a sprained knee from the Super Bowl. He's shoving people around, often shifting over from his regular tackle spot to play nose tackle.