Ratliff played through a rib muscle strain last season, and Baker said there is a possibility that Ratliff could be rested on some first and second downs to keep him fresh.
“He will take all the third downs unless somebody proves they’re a better pass rusher inside,” Baker said. “Until that happens, if he’s getting a little worn [down] we’ll save him for third down.”
Baker added that Ratliff played the fewest snaps percentage wise last season since he’s been a starter. According to ProFootballFocus, Ratliff had the 10th-highest number of QB disruptions of all defensive tackles in 2011.