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Let's reserve praise for Redding until he plays

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says newly signed defensive end Cory Redding plays like a Raven, but I would just like to see him get on the field and play.

Forget all this puff and smoke stuff. The bottom line is that Redding has had only six sacks the past three seasons, and had just 20 tackles and two sacks last season as part of a rotation in which he played about 30 snaps a game for Seattle. Injuries to his knee and groin have caused him major problems the past two seasons.

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Before then, Redding was one of the better ends in the game. At age 29, the Ravens are hoping he can play at a near top level again. The good news is that the Ravens at least went out and signed a veteran instead of just counting on second-year player Paul Kruger, or a possible draft pick. With Kruger, Redding and possibly Trevor Pryce, the Ravens have three players to produce at one position. If Redding can play like the Redding of old, it's his spot to keep.

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