Linebacker Paul Kruger, a third-year player out of Utah, was a second-round pick in Baltimore's 2009 draft. For much of his first two seasons, he didn't do much. Part of the problem was he moved from linebacker and defensive end in 2010. In 2011, he's back to being a linebacker.
Kruger, with the exception of a game-icing interception in 2009 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, had a non-descript first two seasons in the NFL. That is until this past Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The 25-year-old linebacker had a career day against the Cardinals. He ended the day with two sacks, including one in the fourth quarter that helped the Ravens get the ball back for the game-winning field goal.
Kruger continues to get playing time in passing situations and is constantly making plays. He's a good piece to the pass rushing puzzle. If he continues his development, the Ravens may have a good player and one that can put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger Sunday night.