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Ravens still experimenting with rookie roles

Baltimore Sun sports columnist Mike Preston talks about how the Ravens "need an infusion of new stars" going into the 2016 season. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Second-round NFL draft pick Kamalei Correa was listed as the backup to Zachary Orr at weak-side linebacker on the Ravens' first depth chart released Friday, but that doesn't necessarily mean the team has abandoned plans to use him as an edge rusher.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Friday that the team is still searching for the best spot for the rookie out of Boise State.

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"What we're trying to do is move him around and just see if there's a spot that is a little more comfortable," Pees said. "We're probably doing maybe a little too much for him. We're really asking a lot out of a guy that's a rookie. He's playing a lot of positions, might be too many."

Pees said the team is experimenting with Correa and other defensive players now, hoping it will increase the unit's flexibility once injuries inevitably hit during the season.

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"This is the time to do it," Pees said. "We may find out something, because in the course of the season, you may have to move a guy to a different spot."

Offensive line coach Juan Castillo is taking the same approach with one of his rookies. Alex Lewis, a fourth-round pick out of Nebraska, is getting repetitions at offensive tackle and guard.

"I will tell you this: Alex Lewis is going to be a starter in the NFL," Castillo said Thursday. "I think he can start at guard one day, or he can even start at tackle. The thing for him is just — he is a young kid. Moving inside is a tough situation for him, so all we want to do is get him back outside a little bit, so he can feel comfortable with what he has been used to doing and get his confidence at something he is really good at."

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