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AFC North: Frostee Rucker’s Transition, & Ed Reed not Ready to Retire


Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Chargers 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

While all the talk surrounding the Baltimore Ravens is the impending retirement of future hall-of-fame linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed says he’ll be playing next year. It could be the case of Reed simply silencing the media from making this a story, as it would be easy to see Reed hang up his cleats if the Ravens win next Sunday and he is able to ride off into the sunset as a Super Bowl champion.

With Ray Horton leaving the Arizona Cardinals and being brought in as the Cleveland Browns’ new defensive coordinator, a switch to the 3-4 defense will likely occur, One current Brown and former Bengal who this could be bad news for is defensive end Frostee Rucker, who has never played in a 3-4 defense:

"I am uncertain of how good a fit Frostee Rucker is for a 3-4 defense.  Rucker has held up well in the run game as a base defensive end in a 4-3 throughout his career, but the double teams he will face in a 3-4 are a different animal.  Rucker’s best fit, position-wise, is undoubtedly as a 5-technique.  Rucker will probably be in the mix with Billy Winn to start at 5-technique, but I give Winn the edge due to the fact that he is much more stout at the point of attack"

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