The trade of five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata dramatically altered the landscape of the Ravens' defensive line.

The offseason trade of five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata dramatically altered the landscape of the Ravens defensive line.

Traded to the Detroit Lions in March following a contract dispute, Ngata was a unique talent at 6 feet 4 and 340 pounds.

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He was big and strong enough to stuff the run and clog up holes by occupying two blockers, hard hitting enough to force six fumbles in his career.

Ngata was also a good pass rusher with 25 1/2 career sacks.

And Ngata was agile enough to snag five career interceptions.

Timmy Jernigan is slated to replace Ngata, but it will take the entire defensive line increasing its contributions to make up for his departure.

That includes nose tackle Brandon Williams continuing to improve heading into his second full season as a starter.

"It tells me I just have to step up," Williams said. "We have to do more. I accept the challenge willingly, to get out there and do everything I have to do to be my best player, be my best self. And that goes for everybody else on the defensive line. We don't need anybody to be Haloti. We just need everybody to be their best selves, and we'll be fine."

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