A time lapse look at the Baltimore Ravens' season opener against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Rookie starters Ronnie Stanley and Alex Lewis drew much of the spotlight in the Ravens' 13-7 win against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. But there was another player who made his starting debut Sunday, too.
Zachary Orr opened the game at inside linebacker, finishing second on the defense with six tackles and registering a quarterback hit. It was a solid stat line for the third-year pro, but he wasn't necessarily satisfied with his play.
"Overall, it was a good performance," he said. "Me, personally, I'm always my harshest critic. There were a couple plays that I saw that I could have made and a couple plays that I'd like to have back. But that's just part of football and playing fast. You're going to miss some plays out there, but it's always about how you respond. … I can't let that slow me down."
It's been a well-paced rise for Orr, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie in May 2014 after graduating from North Texas. Orr acknowledged that starting Sunday with the likes of outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, cornerback Jimmy Smith and strong safety Eric Weddle was a moment he will treasure.
"It is [a dream], especially considering where I came from and being undrafted and stuff like that," he said. "I definitely feel like it is a dream, and it definitely feels surreal. But it's something that I kind of also expected as well because I knew that coming into this league, I could play. I just had to learn the NFL game and adjust to it."