In the absence of traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he's excited about the depth and versatility of the young group that remains in Baltimore.
"There's not a big disparity between the top guy and the bottom guy — I couldn't even tell you who the top guy is and the bottom guy is," he said. "I think they're all competing for a lot of different spots."
Brandon Williams is the lone returning starter from last year who attended OTAs. Defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban, both returning from injury, are expected to push Lawrence Guy and DeAngelo Tyson at that position. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is expected to have a big role in his second season, with rookie Carl Davis also in the mix.
That many of those players aren't limited to one of the three defensive line spots makes Pees' life easier.
"I tell them the very first day, the more you can do, the better chance you have of making the team and getting playing time," Pees said. "I hate sitting in the booth looking at a good player on the sideline who's better than a player out there, but the guy can't play because he doesn't know the position. That never made any sense to me as a coach."