With the Baltimore Ravens adding Elvis Dumervil as a part of their defense, they now have a variety of options in terms of which players to use while rushing the passer.
Dumervil now figures to pair with Terrell Suggs to give the Ravens a formidable pass rush threat again on the edge from the linebacker position. But where does that leave 2012 second-round pick Courtney Upshaw, who was being counted upon to help fill the slack created by Paul Kruger's departure in free agency before Dumervil was signed?
According to Dean Pees, the Ravens defensive coordinator, Upshaw is still in the mix and might even see some time at inside linebacker, where Baltimore is trying to replace the retired Ray Lewis and free agent loss Dannell Ellerbe.
'The way we teach this defense, all the [linebackers] have to know all four spots … because, again, I’ve always told these guys that I don’t want a good player standing on the sideline by me with a player out there on the field that I don’t think is as good because you can’t play another position. So, our guys have always learned a lot of different spots," Pees told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore in an interview picked up by the Carroll County Times.
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