3 Takes: Early Season Surprises?
Three games down in the early part of the NFL season. We ask our Ravens Gab columnists, What is the biggest surprise so far this season for the Ravens?
Jonathan Scruggs: Legal Analyst/Columnist
“Biggest surprise so far has been Pernell McPhee. For a rookie, the kid has the kind of motor and instincts that you would expect from a multi-year vet. That’s not to say that he hasn’t made mistakes, but when he’s been on the field, he’s been noticeable.”
Matt Jergensen: Editor/Player Analyst
“I’d probably go with the defense as the biggest surprise so far. The defense has been statistically better with the two blowouts, with more sacks and turnovers. Chuck Pagano’s influence has returned Baltimore to its aggressive roots.
Though after last week’s amazing performance it’s hard not to list Torrey Smith somewhere in this post. He has struggled adjusting to life in the NFL but he made the most from the opportunity to start due to Lee Evans’ injury. Next up – Develop consistency.
Gene Winner: Draft Analyst/Columnist
“I think fans were excited about what new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano would bring, but the early success is a surprise considering the time lost from the Lockout. The intensity and physicality is back for this unit. In terms of players, one rookie has been a pleasant surprise in Pernell McPhee, a fifth round pick who already is part of the defensive line rotation–he recored his first sack in the NFL this past Sunday versus the Rams.”