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Ravens notes: Courtney Upshaw arrives to camp lighter, in better shape

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Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw dropped roughly 20 pounds over the summer after tipping the scales at 295 pounds in June.

Upshaw attributed that weight gain to missing workouts while dealing with personal issues in his home state of Alabama.

Although he still has more weight to drop to get into optimal condition, Upshaw moved around more fluidly and seemed to have better stamina after appearing sluggish during a June minicamp.

“I feel great. I'm still working to get down some more pounds,” Upshaw said. “I felt good out there today. I felt like I moved better than I did in minicamp. I worked hard to get down.”

Upshaw declined to say exactly how much he currently weighs, but his Eldersburg trainer, Troy Jones, recently told The Baltimore Sun that the 2012 second-round draft pick was in the 275- to 280-pound range.

“I worked to lose a lot of weight,” Upshaw said. “I'm feeling good. It showed.”

Remember the Ravens?

Harbaugh's decision to conduct a team-building exercise Wednesday in historic Gettysburg, Pa., has drawn quite a few comparisons to “Remember the Titans,” the football movie starring Denzel Washington.

In the movie, the high school football team coached by Washington's character goes to Gettysburg to build team harmony.

“If Denzel plays me, that would be awesome in a movie,” Harbaugh said with a laugh. "We have had a few references to 'Remember the Titans.' We may have to show the guys a clip of that."

Jokes aside, Harbaugh was impressed with how his players responded to the field trip.

"I love stuff like that," Harbaugh said. "Every conversation you have with a guy, every meeting that we have, to me, is just fun. To me, so much of building a team is about having a common way of looking at things, having common values, believing in the same type of thing, deciding that this is going to be make us who we are.

"And this is going to get us to where we are going, and, by the way, this is where we plan on going. Talking about those things and laying them out, stories are great. History is even better because it's true. It's obvious that our guys really related to it."

End zone

Rookie nose guard Brandon Williams slipped a few times and was chided by coaches for not staying on his feet during noncontact drills. The Ravens are generally extremely high on the third-round draft pick. “Yeah, I lost my footing a few times, got tripped up,” Williams said. “I got to stay up no matter what and just get better.” ... Reserve safety Anthony Levine was placed on the physically unable to perform list. ... Ravens single-game tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Seats can be purchased through the team website, Ticketmaster or by phone at 410-547-SEAT. Since 2001, regular-season tickets have sold out within the first 15 minutes each year.

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