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McPhee, Jones give Ravens versatility at defensive end

OWINGS MILLS - Pernell McPhee is the better pass rusher. Arthur Jones is the superior of the two against the run.

And while Jones is listed as the Baltimore Ravens' starter at left defensive end, McPhee will see ample playing time at the position as well as part of a rotation that will look to take advantage of both players' strengths.

"It'll be a great rotation," McPhee said. "He's a big, stout guy, and he's heavy on the run. I'm a little smaller than him, and I'm heavy on the pass."

Collectively, the two will look to fill the void left by free agent departure Cory Redding.

Redding had 85 tackles and 7.5 sacks during two seasons in Baltimore. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in March.

But Jones is confident there won't be a drop-off in production.

The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Jones, a fifth-round pick in 2010, was an underrated contributor to the Ravens' second-ranked run defense a year ago. He finished the season with 20 tackles.

McPhee, meanwhile, quickly established himself as the Ravens' most viable pass rusher along the defensive line. A fifth-round selection of the Ravens in the 2011 draft, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound McPhee recorded six sacks during his rookie season, the second-highest total on the team behind outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

"It's a unique situation," Jones said. "We're both guys that have high motors and are going to attack."

But while Jones described himself as a run defender first, noting, "Stopping the run is what I do best," he was quick to point toward McPhee when asked what defensive player he sees being on the verge of a breakout season as a pass rusher.

"Pernell, absolutely," Jones said. "He's a guy who had six sacks last year. You can't sleep on him. He's a guy that's a really hard worker."

And even if it's not as a pass rusher, Jones envisions himself being on the brink of a breakthrough year as well.

"I feel like I haven't done much yet," Jones said. "I've had a few tackles, but I feel like this year could be the year. I've put in the time and the effort. Now, I've just got to go out there and play. I'm going to have an opportunity this year to make plays and I've just got to make the best of it."

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