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Ravens roster breakdown: Defensive End

Ravens have a mix of experience and youth at the defensive end position

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

It's been one of the biggest conversation topics among Ravens fans and national media this offseason. The Ravens traded away Haloti Ngata. It's a big deal. Ngata was a force along the defensive line and had the versatility to play any of the three positions on the line in the Ravens 3-4 scheme. However, the Ravens have plenty of talent to step up and fill the void left behind.

At the defensive end position, there are three players listed: Chris Canty, Lawrence Guy, and Brent Urban.

Canty is the veteran of the group. He has been with the Ravens since 2013, after spending four years each with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Canty started 11 games last season, recording 33 total tackles. Canty will likely be the starter going in but will also share snaps with some younger guys as well.

Lawrence Guy is not well-known nationally, but could be a guy that will see several snaps this season. He has played pretty well in the first two pre-season games (PFF graded him in the top five against the Saints) and has stood out in training camp.  He and Canty will rotate frequently at the defensive end position. Our own Yitzi Weiss wrote an in-depth look at Lawrence Guy a couple weeks ago.

Brent Urban is going on IR with a torn bicep. It's possible they could list him as designated to return, due to the fact that it would likely take him 12 weeks to recover, but that could fluctuate. Urban was expected to challenge Canty for the starting spot, due to his size (6'7) and ability to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage.

Canty and Guy will be a formidable team on one end of the defensive line. With Canty getting older, I expect his snap count to reduce and see more of Lawrence Guy as the season progresses.

Starter: Chris Canty

Backup: Lawrence Guy

Injured Reserve: Brent Urban