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Mike Preston: Ravens Linebacker Trenton Simpson Faces High Stakes in His Second Year

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Mike Preston: Ravens Linebacker Trenton Simpson Faces High Stakes in His Second Year

Trenton Simpson, the Ravens’ promising inside linebacker, finds himself in a pivotal position. As the heir apparent to Patrick Queen, he shoulders the weight of expectations. But Simpson knows that consistency is the key to greatness in the NFL.

“I’m living my dream,” Simpson reflects. “Just to be in the National Football League is something I dreamed of since I was 6 years old.”

His opportunity has arrived, and he’s determined to seize it. From the start of organized team activities (OTAs) until now, Simpson has impressed. His speed, coverage ability, and offseason gains in strength have not gone unnoticed. However, replacing Queen, who signed with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, presents a formidable challenge.

Mike Preston: Ravens Linebacker Trenton Simpson Faces High Stakes in His Second Year

Queen’s career trajectory shifted when the Ravens traded for middle linebacker Roquan Smith. Back in his natural position, Queen led the team in tackles last season. Simpson acknowledges that following Queen won’t be easy, but he’s ready to make the most of his chance.

“I wish [Patrick Queen] the best,” Simpson says. “He was a great mentor for me during my rookie year. Now, I’m taking what I learned and doing the best Trenton Simpson can do.”

Simpson’s potential is immense. Like Queen, he can apply pressure from the outside as a pass rusher. As the Ravens gear up for the season, all eyes are on Simpson. His journey from Clemson to the NFL is a testament to hard work, determination, and the pursuit of a dream.

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