When third-year linebacker Paul Kruger reported to training camp last month, he did not know what plans the Ravens had for him, or that he would go back to his natural position outside rushing the quarterback.
But through two weeks of camp and one preseason game, the move back outside has been a tonic for the former second-round draft pick from Utah.
Kruger had five tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry -- all in the first half against the Eagles on Thursday.
A year ago, under then coordinator Greg Mattison, Kruger lined up inside most of the time, with limited success. The decision to put him back on the outside was strictly a coaching decision under new coordinator Chuck Pagano. Kruger said he did not ask for the switch.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "I'm looking forward to the season and helping the team."
Kruger said he has not worked inside in the pass rush at all this camp. In Thursday's preseason opener, he said rushing from the outside felt "a little more natural. It's where I feel most at home."
Kruger's goal is simply to earn more playing time and to produce.
"I'm rolling with punches at this point," he said. I'm doing what I can to get on the field."