The top position battle for the Baltimore Ravens comes at inside linebacker, where 2014 first-rounder C.J. Mosley squares off against 2013 rookie Arthur Brown.
The first officially unofficial depth chart has been issued for the Ravens, and the winner (for now) is (no drum roll necessary if you read the headline) Mosley.
That doesn’t mean Mosley will be the Week One starter. And it definitely doesn’t mean that Mosley will be an every-down linebacker. Last year, Brown contributed in the nickel package by covering receivers.
“Arthur is playing better now than at any point last year,” linebackers coach Ted Monachino recently said. “As a cover linebacker, still can be dominant down-in and down-out, but as a run-game linebacker, he’s playing very well. What you see out of him is the result of a lot of great preparation in the offseason.”
Elsehwere, Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil are listed as co-starters at the “Sam” linebacker position, Brandon Williams is the starting nose tackle, and friend of PFT Chris Canty remains a starting defensive end.
On offense, Rick Wagner is in line to be the post-Michael Oher right tackle, and Jeremy Zuttah has taken over the starting center position.