Carroll County Times

Ravens hoping Lewis-Moore can contribute after redshirt year

OWINGS MILLS - Defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore had one primary goal during his rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens last year: Get healthy.

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during his final college game at Notre Dame, was unable to take part in the pre-draft process as a result and went from being a possible early-round pick to slipping to the sixth round of last year's NFL draft.

But the Ravens took a flier on Lewis-Moore despite knowing he was unlikely to play as a rookie. And a year later, Lewis-Moore is healthy, and Baltimore is hoping he can become the type of productive player many analysts projected him to be prior to the injury.

Lewis-Moore took part in the Ravens' rookie minicamp this past weekend, his first football-related action since the injury aside from three weeks of light practice late last season.

"Kapron looked good - no side effects from the knee that I could see," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "Now when he starts to load it with double-teams and things like that, coming off of them, I think we'll see more. But he said he's had some soreness in his hips and his lower back and things like that, which is expected, but nothing in his knee, so that was good."

At Notre Dame, Lewis-Moore was a four-year starter and a key part of the Irish's 2012 defense that ranked second nationally in points allowed per game.

He had 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks during that senior season.

The knee injury hurt his draft stock and prevented him playing as a rookie, but he will have a chance to compete for a job going into this year.

"We're all football players, and the game comes back to us pretty quick," Lewis-Moore said Saturday after the conclusion of the final practice of rookie minicamp. "The first practice, I was a little rusty in my steps and my technique wasn't really there. But the afternoon practice and this practice I felt like I did a lot better."

Lewis-Moore will compete with second-round pick Timmy Jernigan, 2013 third-round pick Brandon Williams and third-year player DeAngelo Tyson for playing time at defensive tackle.

He can also play defensive end and provides depth at the position behind starter Chris Canty.

At 6-foot-5, Lewis-Moore weighed 298 pounds when the Ravens drafted him. He is now up to 310.

"It's going to be really competitive, but we don't know until training camp comes, so my main thing is just to take it one day at a time," Lewis-Moore said, "I'm actually thankful to be out here with the rookies and get out on the field again."