OWINGS MILLS - After a quiet start to the summer, Ravens rookie outside linebacker John Simon has stood out at times during the past two weeks, both in practice and in the two preseason games during that time.
Simon, a fourth-round pick in April, didn't do anything noteworthy in Baltimore's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he's had six tackles and a sack in the two preseason games since. He also had two quarterback hurries during those two games in addition to the sack, according to Pro Football Focus.
Against Carolina, Simon didn't have a sack, but he had three tackles, a quarterback hurry and a quarterback hit.
During one sequence midway through the third quarter while working against the Panthers' first-team offense, Simon eluded a block to rush a throw from Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on second down and then flushed Newton out of the pocket on third down after quickly getting by Panthers starting right tackle Byron Bell with a spin move.
"John Simon played well [against Carolina]. He did," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "He played well last week in practice, had a nice game, and we're looking for more."
Simon is competing for playing time as a reserve behind Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw.
He'll likely see a sizeable workload during Thursday's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams with Suggs, Dumervil and Upshaw all expected to see limited playing time (if any).