ST. LOUIS – Even before playing extensively in tonight’s preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams, Ravens’ third-year linebacker Sergio Kindle hoped that he had already done enough to survive the final roster cuts.
However, Kindle, who has been active for just two regular season games since he was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft, admitted that he’ll still feel some anxiety Friday when the Ravens have to trim their roster from 75 to 53 by 9 p.m.
Though coaches have lauded Kindle for the progress that he’s made during training camp, they’ve stopped well short of saying that he is a lock to make the team, and Kindle knows that his performance tonight will certainly factor in that decision.
“I feel pretty good, but I don’t want to be overconfident,” Kindle said. “Who knows what goes on upstairs? I haven’t done anything to feel like I’m on the [roster] bubble, but of course I haven’t done anything not to be on the bubble either.”
Kindle, 24, had a strong start to training camp and was even working with the first team at some points early on. However, he become less and less noticeable at practice and a shoulder stinger also forced him to miss some time. Kindle was hurt while making a tackle in the Ravens’ second preseason game against the Detroit Lions and he didn’t play against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
“It’s unfortunate to get injured at this point in training camp because it’s crunch time right now,” he said. “But I feel that what I’ve done as of yet is enough not necessarily to solidify a spot but to give them a good look at what I’m capable of. It can only get better from there.”
While admitting that he is focused on making the team, Kindle acknowledged that he has thought plenty about the Sept. 10 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. After sustaining a serious head injury that forced him to miss his entire rookie season and after barely playing last year, the thought of contributing to a Ravens’ regular-season win consumes him.
“Nothing is given to you. You have to work for it. I feel that I’ve put in enough work and I feel that I’ve progressed enough to make the roster, but I just can’t stop there. I have to keep climbing, keep getting better every day, every practice,” he said. “Hopefully, this is going to be another step in my comeback.”