Divisional Play is a Weighty Issue For Dumervil

Street Talk Divisional Play is a Weighty Issue For Dumervil

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Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil got his first full season facing tough AFC North opponents in 2013.

2013 proved to be an up and down year for the veteran who appeared in 15 games (three starts – missed one game due to an ankle injury) in his first year with the organization.

While Dumervil finished the season second on the team in sacks (9.5), recorded 31 tackles (18 solo), posted 3 passes defensed and two forced fumbles, he understands the need to improve the defense this season, himself included.

“Not good enough. We definitely have room for improvement,” Dumervil stated on Tuesday.

“We can get better in all phases. We did a lot of good things last year, but we just didn’t do it good enough to win games and get to the playoffs and have a chance to get to the championship.”

Coming to a new team and trying to learn a new defense is never easy but the outside linebacker is finally at ease being in the purple and black and it showed on Tuesday as the team held their first practice during their three-day mandatory minicamp.

Dumervil presser“It’s definitely a lot better this year round. I’m familiar with the package, obviously the city and moving in, getting comfortable and residing where you live in – more the off-the-field stuff.

“All those things are settled in. Teammates have always been great since I arrived, so it’s been great.”

One thing that stood out at practice was the fact that Dumervil looked heavier than he did this time last year.

Listed on the 2014 Ravens roster weighing 260 pounds, the added weight certainly didn’t seem to slow Dumervil down as he was all over the field making plays.

His comments when asked about how he prepared this offseason for the upcoming season, Dumervil only verified the above statement.

“I gained a few pounds,” acknowledged the three-time Pro Bowler.

“It’s a different division from the [AFC] West, so I’m [very] prepared this year, for sure.”

 

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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on NFL.com, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected]

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