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5 Players That Need To Step Up vs Ravens

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

DE/DT Wallace Gilberry

Notice a trend on defensive line? Gilberry, a rotational lineman, seems to always flash when he is in the game, on the year he has 3 sacks and one forced fumble. He is going to see an uptick in snaps for sure, as defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer finds ways to fill the huge gap left by Geno Atkins. Gilberry is a try hard guy, he will have to show that he can handle more snaps and an expanded role in a defensive line that is suddenly short for players.

WR AJ Green

AJ needs to chance his gloves, check his contacts, and keep his eye on the ball after leaving a lot of yards on the field the last two weeks. Currently 55% of the targets to Green lead to receptions, when compared to other true #1 wide receivers, C. Johnson 60%, B. Marshall 65%, A. Johnson 68%, D. Thomas 70%, J. Nelson 68%, Green’s target to catch percentage could use a boost.

He currently is on pace to have 12 dropped passes, a number that is too high for a receiver with his ability. This week the Ravens know the script, and know that Green leads the team in targets by a wide margin. However, Green will be facing a defense that isn’t what it used to be, so if there were a time to step up it’s this week, Green needs to continue to show why he is considered an elite receiver and make not just the tough catches but the routine ones.