As one of the Ravens' most understated players, defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson speaks quietly and tends to fly under the radar in a locker room filled with boisterous personalities.

Tyson is regarded as an underrated player, though, within the Ravens' training complex with an increasingly important role in the defensive line rotation.

Following season-ending injuries to defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore, Tyson is expected to back up starting defensive end Chris Canty. Tyson is also flexible enough to line up at defensive tackle behind Haloti Ngata or play nose guard in a pinch in relief of Brandon Williams.

"I like defensive line," Tyson said. "I just like defense, period. I feel like it fits my attitude toward the game, just playing along the defensive line. Learning from Haloti and Chris has put  me in a great spot to become a better defensive lineman.

"It's going to play out. I've still got a lot of work to do and a lot of coaching I need to take. I just want to work on my fundamentals and be the best player I can be."

Last season, Tyson flashed his athleticism when he alertly intercepted a deflected pass by Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Tyson recorded 10 tackles and two sacks in 13 games.

"He reminds me of myself, as he can play any position, defensive end, nose guard or three-technique," outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said. "He's very versatile."

Since former Ravens starting defensive lineman Arthur Jones is now with the Indianapolis Colts after signing a $33 million contract in March, Tyson figures to have a more pivotal role heading into his third NFL season.

A 2012 seventh-round draft pick from Georgia, Tyson is accustomed to not being noticed as much as his acclaimed teammates like Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

"That doesn't bother me," said Tyson, who had a career-high three tackles last season against the New England Patriots. "I just go out there and do what I can do and make the most out of my opportunity. I'm always ready when my name is called."

Tyson is a former high school All-American from Statesboro, Ga., who was an All-Southeastern Conference freshman selection. He had 79 career tackles at Georgia with three sacks, one forced fumble and 23 quarterback pressures.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder is working hard refining his pass-rushing moves, especially a spin move to go with a powerful bull rush.

"I just go out there and do what I'm taught and work on pass-rush moves every day," Tyson said. "I've worked hard. I want to be a better athlete. I want to be able to run, so I trained hard this year to prove I can play in this league."

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