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Since signing with the Ravens and arriving in time for Thursday evening's practice, strong safety Bernard Pollard has made a good first impression on the team.

At 6-1 and 228 pounds, Pollard has a size advantage on both Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura, his competition to start. New defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has seen enough of Pollard's blitz potential that he's going to like to call that play.

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"You got a 228-pound man back there, a grown man," Pagano said. "It looks like we should be sending him every time, so I don't care if [the opponents] know, the crowd knows. We're going to know. You send a big man like that, 228 pounds ... we had one of our own guys find out what that feels like. {Pollard] looks good. He's just got to keep progressing."

Pollard had five sacks, seven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and eight forced fumbles in 76 career games with the Chiefs and Texas, both of whom let Pollard go because of his liability in pass coverage. Houston didn't try to keep Pollard, saying he didn't fit in Wade Phillips' new 3-4 defensive scheme.

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Pollard is rankled by the talk that he has deficiencies in the back end.

"The type of player that I am, I'm a hard-nosed player, and I believe with any player in the NFL, [if] you put him in the right position, they're going to make things happen," Pollard said. "And every player is put in the right position [with the Ravens], whether it's offensively or defensively or special teams. I think the coaching staff here does a great job with that, and I'm excited ...

"[My] first five years in Kansas City, I played a few systems, but it just wasn't me. In Houston, that first year they played me that way and I was able to make things happen, and we just had some things go wrong last year. And I'm looking to bounce back, I really am ... I'm ready to shut people up, because me as a player, I get tired of hearing so many people say things."

Pollard has definitely caught the eye of his teammates. Commenting on the team's depth at safety, cornerback Chris Carr said of Pollard, "He's looked phenomenal these first couple days."

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