Ravens outside linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil are working in tandem on the strong side, a division of labor where Upshaw primarily handles run-stopping duties and Dumervil concentrates on rushing the passer.
Both are listed as starters on the depth chart with Upshaw seeing the bulk of his work on obvious running downs and Dumervil chasing down quarterbacks.
It's an arrangement that Upshaw is satisfied with, and the 2012 second-round draft pick from Alabama has recorded five solo tackles this preseason.
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A Pro Bowl pass rusher signed to a $35 million contract in March, Dumervil has three tackles along with several quarterback hits and pressures.
So far, it's been a successful collaboration that bodes well for the regular-season schedule.
"I don't mind it," said Upshaw, who had 55 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in nine starts as a rookie. "I know my strengths. I know Elvis is one of the best pass rushers in this game. Whatever's asked of me, I'm willing todo it and shut that run game down. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to try to dominate.
"It's great for Dumervil and for me. As a young pass rusher, I'm out there trying to learn from him. We talked on some things on my pass rush game. I'm just trying to get better. I enjoy Dumervil as a teammate and as a person. I'm really happy he's here."