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RamView: Preseason Week 4 – DL/LB

* Defensive line/LB: Bobby Carpenter had a very effective night. He had a sack, broke up several passes, and created two interceptions with pass deflections. One came at the goal line and ricocheted to Chris Chamberlain for a long return (but no points) as the first half ran out. His sack came late in the game, as he tracked down dangerous scrambler Troy Smith and took him down for a 15-yard loss at midfield. Yet it’s not certain that Carpenter has made the team. Chamberlain had his best game at LB of the preseason tonight, too, and probably had the team made on special teams anyway. And Carpenter got yelled at a ton on the sideline by LBs coach Paul Ferraro, especially after Troy Smith’s 18-yard 3rd-and-1 dash up the middle from the Rams 22, where Carpenter had vacated the middle of the field to trail a receiver. Plus he’s still very hit or miss on STs. Good night for the middle of the defensive line. Fred Robbins had a couple of big tackles-for-loss, as the starters continue to get excellent push. Jermelle Cudjo came on like gangbusters at the end of the game and got one of the late sacks to push Baltimore back. Eugene Sims made a wonderful play in the 3rd, tracking a deflected pass (Carpenter again) well downfield to come up with an interception. Victor Adeyanju got a sack and forced a fumble on a defensive jailbreak in the 2nd, the kind of big play he needs to make to stick on the roster. D’Marco Farr also called his name out a lot on radio for containing Smith in the pocket. George Selvie can work himself a clean path to the QB on just about every play. The starting DEs did not impress, though. Chris Long can’t eat the Ravens’ 2nd-string RT for lunch? And C.J. Ah You didn’t get much done until re-entering late in the game, when he put a ton of heat on during Baltimore’s final drive. Zone blitzing did take the starters out of some early plays. The whole D came out pretty flat after halftime and let Baltimore walk down the field with little resistance. Pass rush has seemed very hit-or-miss this preseason; we may not know anything about it for sure until the regular season’s here.

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