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McClellan has even more on his plate

When Albert McClellan joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last season, the former Marshall University standout was tabbed as a defensive end. He has since moved to outside linebacker, but McClellan said he is also learning the intricacies of lining up at inside linebacker.

"It's been developing pretty good," he said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "I've got a good grasp on the defense. They're moving my position around, so I'm learning a couple of positions, but they're clicking. So I'm playing a lot faster and a lot more freely without thinking. So that's probably why my performances are looking a lot better than last year's."

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McClellan has fared well in the Ravens' two preseason contests. His six tackles are tied with fellow linebacker Dannell Ellerbe for fourth-most, and McClellan's five solo tackles rank fourth behind cornerback Lardarius Webb (eight), safety Haruki Nakamura (seven) and inside linebacker Jameel McClain (six).

McClelland credits his development to spending last season on the team's practice squad."I took a lot of notes, and I paid attention to a lot of people to use some of their techniques and some of their skills in my own game," he said. "I think I've developed more from last year to this year."

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McClellan fully understands that distinguishing himself at outside linebacker could be a difficult sell. Paul Kruger, Sergio Kindle and Prescott Burgess have experience and expectations in the race to backup starters Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson.

McClellan, however, said he is trying to forge his own identity with the coaching staff.

"I've just got to go out and be myself," he said. "… We all try to look up to Double-J [Johnson] playing technique and everything, but you've also got to bring your own thing to the table. That's what makes you stick out more than the next person."

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