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Ravens prepping for Titans standout defensive tackle Jurrell Casey

Ravens keeping a close eye on Titans lineman Jurrell Casey, who has four sacks this year and had 10.5 in 2013.

One of the Ravens' top blocking priorities for Sunday is trying to contain Tennessee Titans standout defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

Casey was named second-team All-Pro last season after he recorded a career-high 10.5 sacks and 90 tackles. Casey remains one of the few bright spots on a 2-6 team and the 23rd-ranked defense in the NFL, with 42 tackles, four sacks and 15 quarterback pressures this season.

"He's a really good player," Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah said. "He's athletic, plays with good natural leverage. We've got our work cut out. I think their whole front seven is pretty good."

Before this season, the Titans signed Casey to a four-year, $36 million contract that includes $20.5 million guaranteed with a $10.6 million signing bonus.

"He's a beast," said retired former Titans All-Pro linebacker Keith Bulluck, now a member of the team's broadcast team. "He's the best player on the Titans defense. He shows up week in and week out. You look for that in a star player. He shows up. He earned that money. He sets the tone for that defense, but he can't do it alone."

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