Timmy Jernigan has some big shoes to fill.
Expected to see a much bigger role on the Ravens' defensive line in 2015, Jernigan knows he won't be able to replicate kind of sustained success Haloti Ngata saw since his arrival. With Ngata now in Detroit, it means the Ravens will lean heavily on the second-year big man out of Florida State.
“Timmy is looking good," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at OTAs last week. "He’s out here playing fast. He’s a year ahead of where he was a year ago, obviously, in terms of knowing the defense. When the pads come on, that’ll tell the story for those guys up front, but he has looked good so far.”
As a rookie, Jernigan had 23 combined tackles and four sacks. Ngata, who was suspended for the final four regular-season games of the 2015 season, had 31 tackles and two sacks. The potential is certainly there for Jernigan to provide a big role for the Ravens this coming season. Nose tackle Brandon Williams said Jernigan has stepped up already in OTAs.
“Same thing we expected to see – him stepping up, him making plays and doing what he does best, and that’s be in the backfield and fight every play,” Williams said.