One of the pleasant surprises for the Ravens has been defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, a reserve who has eight tackles this season. He is now in the rotation with Justin Bannan, Haloti Ngata and Marques Douglas.
"He is big, stout and a rock of granite in a position where we've had some great run stoppers like Tony Siragusa, Sam Adams, Haloti and Kelly Gregg," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "George Kokinis [director of pro personnel] does as good a job as anybody in the league in keeping track of players, talking to teams and keeping an emergency list. To get a tackle like McKinney and [for him to] play like he is playing is like acquiring a first- or second-round draft pick."