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Special teams standout wants to stand out on defense, too

While a few positions might warrant further depth, one area where the Ravens appeared to be stacked is at linebacker.

The starting foursome of inside linebackers Ray Lewis and Jameel McClain and outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson is fortified by the presence of backups like the inside foursome of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden and Jason Phillips and the outside trio of Paul Kruger, Prescott Burgess and Sergio Kindle.

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Having carved out a niche as the team's leader in special-teams tackles over the last two seasons, Burgess is hoping to parlay that success into a larger role on defense."I led the team in tackles on special teams for two years in a row, but in the back of your mind, you're like, 'I want more,'" Burgess said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "I want more, especially on this great defense that the Baltimore Ravens have. But it will come in time. I'm just being patient and doing what I can do out there. I'm doing my job on special teams and when it's time for the defense, I'm always there and ready to go. Whatever happens, happens, but I could see my role expanding a whole lot this year. I hope it does, and I hope the coaches have faith in me that I can get the job done."

The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Burgess appears to have made some progress in reaching that goal. When six defensive starters left the team's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after the first series last Thursday night, Burgess was inserted to replace Johnson at left outside linebacker.

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And Burgess finished with three tackles and one of the defense's five sacks in the team's 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Friday night.

"I came in with a clear mindset that I've just got to continue what I started and just go out there and know what to do and do it right," Burgess said. "I feel the coaches have seen that, and now I'm getting more reps just in case they need to throw me in there. And whenever they do, I'm ready."

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