The Ravens protection has established itself as the most effective items within the league. A giant cause why is the breakout yr of one in every of their defenders who has the prospect to interrupt a sack file in Week 15.
DT Justin Madubuike has at the very least a half-sack in 10 consecutive video games and is only one recreation away from tying Chiefs DT Chris Jones for the longest all-time streak amongst inside defensive linemen. Jones had 11 consecutive video games with at the very least half a sack in 2018.
Baltimore’s third-round decide in 2020 has been a nice shock this season after posting 8.5 sacks by way of his first three seasons. Madubuike has 11 this yr, and though he is aware of he is near the file, he is making an attempt not to consider it.
“It is on my thoughts, however I do not fear about it,” Madubuike said through the staff’s web site. “I do not wish to make it the forefront of my thoughts.”
Nevertheless, head coach John Harbaugh cannot cease occupied with the file and has excessive expectations for Madubuike to crush it.
“I am for tying the file after which I am for beating the file and I am for extending the file,” Harbaugh told reporters. “He is having a improbable season, not stunning. … There’s nothing about him that is not an A-plus.”
The Ravens are actually ecstatic to see Madubuike lastly have the season they knew he might have but it surely does go away them in a troublesome scenario following the yr.
Madubuike’s rookie contract expires on the finish of the season and the staff might want to determine if it may possibly pay him. Baltimore absolutely desires to, however after paying QB Lamar Jackson his five-year, $260M mega-contract final offseason, cash shall be tighter this time round.
The 26-year-old is anticipated to obtain a three-year, $55.37M deal, per Spotrac. Nevertheless, the franchise tag is at all times an possibility to stop him from reaching free company.
Nonetheless, the Ravens will attempt to reap the benefits of Madubuike’s breakout yr whereas they’ll in hopes of constructing a Tremendous Bowl run this season.