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Opinion: Derrick Henry’s playoff performance was on an endless loop in Eric DeCosta’s head

There’s a reason for the defensive line moves this offseason

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Thirty attempts. One-hundred and ninety-five yards.

It’s likely these two sentences have circled through the Baltimore Ravens general manager’s mind as he structured the franchises’ offseason plan in 2020. I’d also assume Eric DeCosta played the painful lowlights of the Ravens’ defense unsuccessfully stopping the Tennessee Titans’ offense.

And as such, DeCosta went out and made big-time moves to restore the Ravens former defensive prowess in the trenches. The general manager landed DE Calais Campbell for a fifth-round pick, which was traded to the Ravens for K Kaare Vedvik. He signed DT Michael Brockers to a three-year deal just hours ago. Between these two and DT Brandon Williams, the Ravens very well may become the strongest front in the NFL.

This is an exciting time to be a Ravens fan. There was a critical weakness and the Ravens’ brass went out and addressed it by acquiring two great players. They did so for reasonable price tags. No, they aren’t cheap but that’s because their players aren’t band-aids for a wound. They’re clear-cut upgrades to turn a weakness into a strength.

Last year, the Ravens needed cornerback help after Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith suffered injuries and the combination of Maurice Canady and Anthony Averett couldn’t step up. Eric DeCosta went out and traded for an All-Pro defensive back by sending only back-up linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick. This helped the pass defense tremendously. Now, DeCosta is doing the same, bolstering the defensive line for a 2020 run at the Lombardi Trophy.