The Ravens dropped their fourth consecutive game, but might have gotten a glimpse of their future at outside linebacker.

With veterans Terrell Suggs (biceps) and Elvis Dumervil (foot) deactivated because of injuries, the defense started Za'Darius Smith and rookie Kamalei Correa, and used rookie Matthew Judon liberally in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the New York Jets here at Metife Stadium.


Judon, a fifth-round pick who led the NCAA with 21 sacks in 2015 at Division II Grand Valley State, produced the best performance of the three, recording three tackles including the first two sacks of his career. Judon was inactive in losses this month to the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.

"I just went out there and played by the game plan," said Judon, who became the first outside linebacker other than Suggs to post a sack for the Ravens this year. "There were some good calls. One of them was a call by [defensive tackle Timmy] Jernigan, and the other one was a call by [defensive coordinator Dean] Pees that got me free on the two sacks I had."

Smith, a fourth-round selection in 2015, registered three tackles, hit starting Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the first quarter, and knocked down a screen pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick on third down in the third quarter. Smith – who started in Suggs' place on the right edge of the defensive front – was also flagged for a late hit on Fitzpatrick later in the quarter.

"When the ball was coming out, I tried to put my hand in his face to make it seem like he couldn't find his view," Smith explained. The penalty earned him a conversation with coach John Harbaugh.

Correa, who started in Dumervil's spot on the left side, finished with two tackles, the first of his career.

The trio's play impressed nose tackle Brandon Williams.

"They're a bunch of guys who are hard workers, warriors," Williams said. "They're young, but they still have heart, and that's what we're looking for with the Ravens. They're a bunch of guys that are willing to work and willing to put the time in."

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