Standing at his locker Monday night after a practice spent chasing down running backs and quarterbacks, Courtney Upshaw brooded about a few plays that had eluded him.
Visibly tired, Upshaw shook his head.
“I’ve got to do better,” he said. “We all know I’ve got to improve. Every year, I want to get better. That’s what it’s all about.”
Quiet and introspective, Upshaw is keenly aware of his NFL reputation — but looking to burnish it. The Ravens’ burly strong-side linebacker is known as a stout run stopper whose toughness keeps running backs from scampering outside for first downs. He's anything but flashy.
Upshaw does the dirty work, sacrificing his body and...