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Bill Barnwell on Kruger's performance

Posted By: utebehindenemylines
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Lewis got the attention after the game, but the real star was outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who had a monster game rushing the passer, with 2.5 sacks, five quarterback knockdowns, a forced fumble, and a tackle for loss. Kruger is, in his own right, a link between Baltimore's past and future. When the Ravens took Kruger in the second round of the 2009 draft, he chose to wear number 99, a jersey last worn in Baltimore by high-motor defensive end Michael McCrary. Former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan wasn't pleased about the move at the time: "I'm disappointed they gave his jersey to some rookie who hasn't proven $#!+, excuse my language." After a key interception to win a game against the Steelers during his rookie year, Kruger mostly rode pine and played special teams for his first three years with the team. It's only in recent weeks that he's had a steady chance to start, and Kruger has suddenly become an impact player. He now has 10 sacks across his last nine games, which ties him in well with the immediate future Baltimore faces: cap issues. Kruger is a free agent after the season, and the perennially cap-strapped Ravens will have to find a way to fit him in while taking care of their quarterback situation.



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utebehindenemylines icon NEW: Bill Barnwell on Kruger's performance
utebehindenemylines - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 12:55 pm [ID# 1477292] [reply]
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justaute icon NEW: Nice. Who is Rex Ryan? (nm)
justaute - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 01:05 pm [ID# 1477298] [reply]
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utebehindenemylines icon NEW: Some big-mouthed fatass with a foot fetish. (nm)
utebehindenemylines - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 01:07 pm [ID# 1477299] [reply]
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justaute icon NEW: He's probably the type of jock/bully in high school who got his bell rung by a few of us quiet ones. (nm)
justaute - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 01:28 pm [ID# 1477311] [reply]
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Section10Row51Ute icon NEW: Former Coach of the Jets. (nm)
Section10Row51Ute - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 01:10 pm [ID# 1477302] [reply]
macktruck32 icon NEW: Kruger is peaking at exactly the right time. He's gonna get PAID this year. Hopefully by the Broncos. (nm)
macktruck32 - -- Tuesday 8 January 2013, at 01:56 pm [ID# 1477331] [reply]
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