Veteran strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil arrived at his second training camp with the Ravens last week bigger than he did the previous year, but said Thursday that he’s adapting to his added bulk well thus far.
“It was a little adjustment, but I think I’m on the right track, so I feel good about it,” Dumervil said Thursday. “[I’m] just trying to maximize every opportunity in practice, in training camp, so by Week 1, we’ll be hitting and ready to roll.”
Dumervil said he added weight — he’s now listed at 253 pounds — for physical and mental reasons.
“Sometimes, you’ve got to self-gut-check yourself and evaluate yourself, and you figure out what you can do to get better, and I just felt personally that I needed that few pounds,” he said.
Dumervil, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker who spent the first six years of his career with the Denver Broncos and was an All-Pro with a career-high 17 sacks in 2009, was second on the team with 9.5 sacks in his first year in Baltimore. But he called his first year with the Ravens and the defense's performance last year "not good enough."
“We left a lot on the field,” Dumervil said. “I think injuries and other things maybe contribute to that, but either you get it done or you don’t.”