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Sykesville native Copeland happy to be back with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS - During the last few days, inside linebacker Brandon Copeland has gone from being uncertain about his future to once again being optimistic about his future with the Ravens.
Copeland, a Sykesville native, was cut by Baltimore Friday as the Ravens trimmed their roster to 53 players, but Baltimore signed him to its practice squad Sunday and he's gone through practice with the Ravens each of the last two days.
"I had an idea they were going to sign me to the practice squad, but you never know in this league, so it was definitely stressful," Copeland said. "But that's what I've been preparing my mind for this entire journey. I know that nothing's promised in this league.
"But I'm definitely happy. This is a blessing. I'm officially living my dream. I know there's a lot more work to be done, but I'm definitely happy."
Copeland originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in April.
He played defensive end and defensive tackle in college, but he made the transition to inside linebacker with Baltimore.
He struggled some during the spring as he learned the position, but teammates and coaches have been complimentary this summer of the progress Copeland has made during the last few months.
Copeland had eight tackles during the preseason, including five in Baltimore's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams.
He also had a juggling, one-handed interception during the Ravens' first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I think I've come along pretty well," Copeland said. "Obviously, I think the coaches see that as well. But I've come along and got a lot more confident in terms of in coverage and seeing what's happening and anticipating what's coming.
"At the beginning of the summer, I was seeing a lot of things for the first time. Now, I'm starting to see things for the fifth and sixth time, and I can now call out routes and can see what's coming. I'm just studying the game, watching more film and stuff like that, and that helps me anticipate what's coming and helps me play faster."


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