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Ravens’ Trenton Simpson Named to PFF ‘2024 All-Breakout Team’

Mandatory minicamps for the Baltimore Ravens came to an end on Thursday, June 13, and players will not return until the start of training camp. Fans and media got a glimpse of the potential that the Super Bowl contenders possess, and Pro Football Focus may have seen it right with second-year linebacker Trenton Simpson.

PFF released their “2024 All-Breakout Team” and named the Ravens’ Simpson as one of two linebackers to break out.

PFF wrote: “Simpson steps into the role vacated by Patrick Queen alongside Roquan Smith on the Ravens’ defense, and they will hope his performance in Week 18 continues in his first season as a starter.”

Simpson has the inside track at the opposite spot to the All-Pro Smith, who can teach Simpson how to be a pro better than any other LB in the NFL.

Simpson saw very limited snaps during his rookie season due to the depth at the position for Baltimore, but did make an appearance in the final game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“On 26 snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers that week, 21 of which were against the run, he recorded three tackles, resulting in a defensive stop,” PFF wrote.

USA Today’s Raven Wire writer Glenn Erby reported on the nomination, writing, “The Ravens are in several key positions on both sides of the football, but the weakside linebacker position opposite Roquan Smith will be the most crucial next season for success.”

Trenton Simpson showed a lot of potential in a short time

Fans didn’t get to see much of Simpson during the season, but the 2023 third-round pick left fans salivating after his performance against the Steelers.

Still only 22 years old (turning 23 on Friday, June 14), Simpson has his entire prime ahead of him and can now line up next to Smith.

Erby wrote, “Simpson improved daily as a rookie, playing behind Roquan Smith and Queen at the inside linebacker spot.”

Simpson played 258 snaps on special teams, but played just 46 defensive snaps (5%) for one of the NFL’s more dominant defenses.

In the game against the Steelers he had 7 combined tackles and 1.0 sacks which showed his talent and ability. In his limited time, Pro Football Focus graded the LB at 76.1 overall.

“He provided the ultimate preview of his potential in the season finale against Pittsburgh,” Erby explained.

Ravens defense needs Trenton Simpson to make an appearance

The Ravens’ coaches, especially rookie defensive coordinator Zach Orr, are cheering the Clemson star’s emergence after suffering losses in free agency.

Erby wrote: “Baltimore has an All-Pro or Pro Bowler at every level of the defense, but it will be the player who replaces Patrick Queen who will face the most pressure.”

Queen left the Ravens this offseason for the division rival Steelers, but they also lost safety Geno Stone, CB Ronald Darby and OLB Jadeveon Clowney.

All three players were critical members of a defense that ranked first in points allowed and sixth in yards. Queen in particular had 133 combined tackles and 4.0 sacks in his final season with the Ravens.

These won’t be easy numbers to replace, but Queen’s improved play seemed to coincide with Smith’s arrival from the Chicago Bears in 2022.

The hope will be that Simpson will develop into a Pro Bowl LB under Smith’s tutelage.

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