When the Ravens return to action after this weekend's bye, they will get their second look at Paul Kruger, the linebacker who left Baltimore for a $40 million free agent deal with Cleveland. Kruger has yet to play up to that contract, with 11 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in seven games. That puts him on pace for about 3 1/2 sacks for the season.
"I’ve got to get to the passer," Kruger told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week.
Kruger, who had three tackles, including one for a loss, in the first meeting between the Ravens and Browns this year, will get another shot at Joe Flacco next Sunday in Cleveland.
Here are how some other key offseason losses are faring with their new teams:
No offseason move has rankled the Ravens fan base more than the trade of Boldin, given the Ravens struggles on offense this season. It didn't help when Boldin exploded in his 49ers debut for 13 catches, 208 yards and a touchdown. That nearly matches Tandon Doss' season totals (13-239). Boldin, though, has not topped 100 yards again for the 49ers. Through seven games he has 34 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers dwarf whomever is considered the Ravens No. 2 receiver right now. At age 33, he can still play.
Ellerbe has been among the Dolphins top defensive players, but he left the game against the Ravens with a shoulder injury, and his absence was felt as the Ravens escaped with a 26-23 win. Ellerbe missed the game last week against Buffalo but is practicing this week. Through five games with the Dolphins, Ellerbe has 40 tackles, three quarterback hits and a pair of fumble recoveries, including one against the Ravens.
Raise your hand if you said Bernard Pollard's new team would have a better record than Ed Reed's after seven games. Pollard has been a defensive stalwart for the Titans, with a team-high 60 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed. Oh yeah, and of course a fine: It was Pollard who hammered Texans receiver Andre Johnson late in that game, a hit that did not draw a flag but left Pollard's wallet $42,000 lighter.
Clearly this unraveling Texans season was not what Reed had in mind when he signed with the Texans and said, "I want to win another championship here." With the quarterback situation unsettled and injuries across the board, the reeling Texans might not even make the playoffs. After missing the first two games recovering from hip surgery, Reed has started the past five games and has 14 tackles. He has yet to record an interception with the Texans.
Williams made a lot of noise this offseason once he joined the Eagles, skipping some minicamps and then getting in a well-publicized tussle with receiver Riley Cooper. But then he went out and played an outstanding game against the Redskins in his Eagles debut, with a sack and an interception in front of a national television audience. Williams has started all seven games and has 32 tackles, a sack and is tied for the team lead with two inteceptions.