Timmy Jernigan came into camp with a trimmed body and newfound explosiveness. It showed. In most third down pass rushing situation, Jernigan was the only defensive lineman with his hand on the ground. He fought through double teams to put his closing speed on display leading to a one sack and many-more-pressures performance. He could have been credited with half a sack on the game's deciding third down, where he was seen chasing down quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the sideline, cleaning up Terrell Suggs' drag down tackle.
Jernigan is one of the key young players who will determine how good the Ravens defense will be. The third year of a players career is generally the one where the extent of his potential is uncovered. Jernigan's third year has started off with a bang. His effort was outstanding. He was engaged on every snap he played.
If Jernigan continues on the path he is on, he will become the ideal 6-8 sack threat the Ravens need on the interior. His newfound athleticism and closing speed will make up for the lack of awareness that seems to hamper his ability to jump the snap count consistently.
Jernigan is poised for a breakout season. In the first game of the season, he played one of his best games as a Raven, playing inspired, hair-on-fire football. The coaching staff and fans alike will be praying for these type of performances coming with regurlarity.