Paul Kruger made significant strides in his performance last season, setting career highs with the Baltimore Ravens in games played, sacks and tackles.
Now it's time for the fourth-year linebacker to take another huge step as the replacement for the injured Terrell Suggs, who will be sidelined for several months with a torn right Achilles tendon.
Kruger is working hard this summer, but he is quick to point out that he is no Suggs.
''You're talking about the best defensive player in the league,'' Kruger said. ''It's pretty much impossible to replace a guy like that. For me, it's about just me being me and being the best player I can be and filling that role.''
As Suggs' backup last year, Kruger had 5 1/2 sacks and played in 16 games for the first time.