Rookie Jaylon Ferguson Growing Into Role As Pass Rusher


Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson is still adjusting to the pace of the NFL.

Nonetheless, the rookie third-round pick continues to make strides as a pass rusher.

Ferguson didn't make much of an impact during the early part of training camp. However, he flashed in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, finishing with one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit. He was also aggressive attacking the Jaguars offensive line and was generally a force when give the opportunity.

“I really liked what we saw from Jaylon Ferguson," Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale said. "He’s just going to get more and more playing time. He made it simple, just being physical with the man across from him. He wasn’t thinking about 10 other things, which rookies do. You saw a lot of good rushes, and you saw his power, which we’ve been looking for in training camp going against somebody else.”

The Ravens are hoping Ferguson can play a key role in the team's pass rush this season.

Last year, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith combined for 15.5 sacks but both left via free agency. Ferguson finished his career at Louisiana Tech as the all-time sacks leader in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision with 45 sacks, breaking a record previously held by Suggs.

As a result, Ferguson has drawn comparisons to Suggs, who is the Ravens all-time sacks leader. Bur he wants to create his own legacy in Baltimore.

Ferguson will have the opportunity to take that next step in the second preseason game against the Packers.

“It’s flattering to be compared to the great Terrell Suggs, but at the same time, he left his legacy, he left his mark,” Ferguson said. “That’s some big shoes to fill, and I’m not really trying to step in his place, because he’s been in Baltimore for way longer than I’ve been in Baltimore. I’m just coming in and getting my start on the field, doing whatever I can to help the team win.”