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Joe Cullen Putting Pressure On Williams & Bowser

D-Line Coach Says Now Is The Time To Make A Play

Alex Woodward
August 05, 2019 - 8:06 pm
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By Alex Woodward

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On the same day the Ravens traded away former 2016 4th round draft pick, Alex Lewis, to the Jets; defensive line coach Joe Cullen made something perfectly clear to two higher draft picks from the class of 2017...it's time to make a play.

The Ravens need to find production out of their pass rush and after losing Terrell Suggs and Z'Darius Smith to free agency, they are left with few options. Matthew Judon is expected to be the top dog in the pass rush but outside of him there is no true frontrunner to start on the opposite side of him. Baltimore signed two veterans in Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee in hopes of getting some production out of them but what they really want and need is someone young to emerge. 

Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser were both drafted in the 2017 draft to become forces in the pass rush. So far through 2 seasons in the NFL, neither of them has stepped up to the task. Bowser - a second round pick - and Williams - a third round pick - are out of chances to get another year to "develop". The team needs pass rush help and they need it now. Ravens defensive line coach, Joe Cullen's comments today about the pass rush speaks volumes about how urgently they want Williams and Bowser to produce.

"You got to do it right now." said Cullen. "The clock has ticked and it's ready to explode so they got to do it in these games."

Bowser and Williams have combined for 5.5 career sacks in 2 seasons. That's obviously not going to cut it. These next 4 preseason games will be crucial for both of their careers and on a day that saw Alex Lewis traded to the Jets, Bowser did exactly what his coaches have been asking for....he made a play. 

It's just a pick-six in a low contact joint practice with the Jaguars but hey, at least he's showing SOMETHING. Up until now we haven't heard much about anyone in the pass rush since it's so hard to judge a pass rusher during training camp but it has to feel good if you're Tyus Bowser. 

All eyes are on Lamar Jackson this preseason but Bowser and Williams might be the most intriguing storylines to follow throughout camp. 

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