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Even though most of the talk will be centered around the poor play of the offensive line in the Ravens' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, some of the young defensive players performed well.

Defensive end/outside linebacker Paul Kruger has earned more playing time after finishing with five tackle, including one sack. I like the way defensive tackle Arthur Jones has reshaped his body in the offseason, and he got some penetration and pressure several times. Rookie defensive end Pernell McPhee, the fifth-round pick out of Mississippi State, also had several pressures and has held his own in training camp.

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There is a three-way battle for the starting safety position opposite of Ed Reed, but I like Haruki Nakamura to win the job. He comes up to support the run well and is one of the better tacklers on the team. Of the three competing -- which also includes Tom Zbikowski and Bernard Pollard -- Nakamura is the strongest in pass defense.

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