Kruger enjoys career day

Second-year linebacker posts first two-sack game of career

November 01, 2011|By Edward Lee

With Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson rightfully starting at outside linebacker, playing time is a premium for Paul Kruger.

Which is why it’s encouraging for the Ravens and their fans that Kruger registered the first two-sack game of his career in Sunday’s 30-27 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Kruger, a second-round pick last season, took down quarterback Kevin Kolb in the first and fourth quarters and has now posted three sacks in the team’s last two contests.

“The more plays you can make, the more special the game’s going to be for you personally if you win the game,” Kruger said. “So it was definitely a big day for me. It’s going to be a different guy every week. This defense is full of animals, and I couldn’t say enough about the guys around me.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Kruger is beginning to take his performances during practice and transfer them to games.

“Probably the biggest thing is, just recently, he is getting the sacks,” Harbaugh said. “He has had [quarterback] pressures. He has been doing it in practice. I think just even from the start of training camp, Paul is much improved. He has added a couple of moves into his pass-rush repertoire, and he has been quick and explosive. I think he is a dangerous pass rusher right now.”

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