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Lorenzo Neal

Leaner linebackers may become the new trend in the pass-focused NFL

Leaner linebackers may become the new trend in the pass-focused NFL

The glare hasn’t gone anywhere. Even in training camp practices, Ray Lewis’ scowl, which has almost dared opposing teams to run his way for nearly two decades in the NFL, remains omnipresent. But the long-time face of the Ravens’ vaunted defense has a different look this summer. A lean Lewis reported to training camp last week and acknowledged he is probably the lightest that he’s been since he arrived in Baltimore as a rookie in 1996, burdened by questions about whether he was too small to hold up at middle linebacker. Sixteen years, 2,586 tackles and 13 Pro Bowl invites later, those questions are again being asked of Lewis who put himself through a rigorous...

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