After two preseason games, the Ravens' defensive line has become more of a question mark than the offensive line. Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg is the only player who has consistently made plays. Defensive end Trevor Pryce was a non-factor in Denver last season, and hasn't been that impressive in Baltimore. Defensive end/outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is a good pass rusher, but often freelances too much, especially against the run. To become a premier end, Suggs has to play well against quality offensive tackles. He often disappears against tackles such as the Bengals' Willie Anderson. In these types of matchups, he has to at least come out with a draw.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, the team's top pick out of Oregon, looked slow last week in his debut against the Eagles, but that was his first game. He may have been thinking too much, but there were times when he was overpowered. Reserve defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin has played well in spurts, but not consistently enough to challenge for a starting role. There are two new starters on the defensive line, and it might take time to find the right chemistry. Right now, though, it doesn't look promising, and the Ravens will miss linemen Anthony Weaver and Maake Kemoeatu early in the season. Both Weaver and Kemoeatu signed free-agent contracts with other teams during the offseason.
P.S. Head coach Brian Billick didn't know where punter Leo Araguz was when Araguz failed to attend practice Saturday. Billick admitted Monday that Araguz was with his wife who was giving birth. If Matt Stover's wife ever delivers on game day, we're in trouble. There would be no one responsible for getting the field goal team on the field in the waning moments.