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The Ravens do one of the best jobs in the league at rotating all of their defensive linemen, but it looks like Dwan Edwards has finally become a regular starter on the defensive line.
On Baltimore’s newest official depth chart, Edwards was listed with the first team, jumping over Trevor Pryce – at least, for the first time in print.
Edwards made his first start of the year in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, a game in which he tallied three tackles and one sack.
Last week, in a 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Edwards was given credit for eight tackles and two quarterback hits in statistics given out in the press box. That tied for the team lead.
After the Minnesota game, head coach John Harbaugh said playing Edwards more on first and second down allows Pryce, a 13th-year veteran, to remain fresher for pass-rushing situations.
“Dwan Edwards, in this game, I felt like more reps were good for Dwan and for our defense because of the run defense and also because of the fact that for Trevor, fewer reps makes him more effective in what he’s doing, especially in the pass rush game,” Harbaugh said at the time.
“It turned out to be the case. Trevor played really well. Now we want Trevor to get more reps than what he got, and that’s just kind of the way it shook out. But I was happy. I thought Trevor played very well, and the snaps he was in there made a difference, especially in the pass rush. And Dwan played well.”