4 Takes: Who’s the Ravens Unsung Hero So Far This Season?
Which Ravens player has been an important contributor, yet hasn’t received enough credit so far this season? We pose the question to our Ravens Gab columnists:
Jonathan Scruggs, Columnist/Legal Analyst
“Although he hardly classifies as under the radar, Pernell McPhee has established himself early as a play maker. In four games this season he has four tackles, a recovered fumble, a sack, and a deflected pass. He’s looked very good so far, and we can only hope he keeps it up.”
Gene Winner: Columnist/Draft Analyst
“I’m going with Terrence Cody. Only in the past few days has the media started to give Cody recognition. With Cody occupying blockers at the nose tackle position it has enabled Haloti Ngata and company to be a dominant unit. Cody was hammered about his weight in his rookie season and some thought he would never get in shape. Not only did he come into this season in great shape, he’s been an important element to the defense.
Matt Jergensen: Editor/Player Analyst
“For years Jarret Johnson has been a steady force from the linebacker spot. It’s difficult for a blue-collar player like Johnson to get noticed on a defense with so much starpower. Johnson appears fully healthy after playing through pain most of last season and is having an excellent campaign. He earned his first AFC Defensive player of the week for his work in the Jets victory. It’s about time.”
Ben Zinman: Opinion/Features Editor
“The Ravens Unsung Hero thru the first quarter of the season is Sam Koch. You rarely hear his name called until a punt or kickoff is run back for a touchdown, which happened to take place Sunday night against the Jets. After that return for a touchdown all subsequent punts or returns went out of the endzone, ended up deep in Jets territory or were returned for a minimal gain.”