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If defensive end Paul Kruger isn’t in the Ravens’ starting lineup in 2011, he definitely expects to see a significant amount of more playing time.
At least that’s what Kruger recently told WARN in Utah a few days ago.
“I feel like this year coming up, I should have more of a starting role, and if not, something real serious, playing at least 50 percent of the plays if not more,” Kruger said.
Kruger has seen his career get off to a slow, but steady start. The Ravens spent a second-round draft pick on him in 2009, but he only played in nine games as he developed behind Terrell Suggs on the depth chart.
Last year, Kruger stacked 10-15 pounds on his 6-foot-4, 268-pound frame to become more of a 3-4 defensive end and was on the field for 11 contests.
While he amassed one tackle and one sack during the regular season, Kruger felt his increased role towards the end of the season was a step in the right direction.
“I’ve been getting more time over the past two years,” said the University of Utah product. “Last year, I started playing a lot more on passing downs and in two-minute situations, so I’m getting a lot of time.”
Kruger finished the season backing up defensive end Cory Redding, but judging by the Ravens’ actions in the past, there will likely be a competition at the position during training camp.