Lewis and Johnson Constants Among Linebackers for the Ravens

There are plenty questions that surround the Ravens for next season but two players that they shouldn’t have to worry about are Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson.

Lewis is still the unquestioned leader of the defense and the face of the franchise and at 36 only took five plays off in 2010 while earning his 12th Pro Bowl selection.

Johnson has become “Mr.Dependable” and has played in a franchise record 113 straight games. He still posted a solid season even though he was on the mend from shoulder surgery.

That accounts for two of the linebacking corps, but what about the other positions? These are a few questions that the Ravens will need to answer.

1) Who emerges as a starter on the Right Side?

Keep in mind that I don’t count Terrell Suggs here. I have him as a pass rushing end, even though he can slide up to outside linebacker.

This is a question the team has tried to answer since Bart Scott left years ago. Who will emerge from the Jameel McClain, Tavares Gooden, Dannell Ellerbee trio? Signs point to McClain as the front runner. He ranked third in tackles in 2010 and was assigned a second round free agent tender recently as protection. McClain needs to continue to build on his strong showing last year.

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