Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is still a little more than three months away from playing in his first regular season game as a Baltimore Raven, but, if what coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday is any indication, Dumervil is already establishing himself as a primary team leader for the Ravens in the post-Ray Lewis and Ed Reed-era.
Dumervil signed with Baltimore in March after spending the first six years of his career with the Denver Broncos.
"It seems like Elvis has made the transition," Harbaugh said after the Ravens' OTA practice Wednesday. "He has been here every day. He hasn't missed one thing since he's been here. I feel like he's emerging as a leader for our football team. He has had no problem learning the defense. ...
"He's done a great job. He's a smart player. He likes football. He's done a good job at it, so he's done a good job."
Dumervil has been one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL really ever since the Broncos took him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft.
He's been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons that he's been healthy, including last year when he had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles.
But he was also a respected team leader in Denver.
During an interview with the NFL Network in April, Broncos Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller described Dumervil as having been the Broncos' "rock" and "leader in the locker room."
Said Miller: "He showed me how to be a technician on the field. ... He showed me so much stuff on the field, how to be a professional, how to conduct yourself off the field. He's truly going to be missed."
The Ravens, of course, are a team looking for players to grow into bigger leadership roles after the retirement of Lewis and the departure of Reed as a free agent.
Harbaugh sounded optimistic when asked about that Wednesday, though.
"The guys will fill it right up," Harbaugh said. "The leadership lid maybe gets pushed off, maybe, and some other guys grow up behind into that opportunity. That's what will happen. I can see guys doing it already."
Dumervil appears to be one of those guys.
"I've come to a first-class organization [from] the owner, down," Dumervil said. "Head coach, [general manager and executive vice president] Ozzie [Newsome] and those guys really demonstrate the way they want things to be done. And coming in, obviously, the reputation with Ray Lewis, Ed [Reed], those guys - it's kind of [like] the picture is there of what you need to do, and I just try to come in and do what I need to do to win."