As they rehabbed from injuries in 2014, defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore were lumped together in the public consciousness as potential defensive line forces the Ravens had stashed away for the future.
As Urban faces another year on the shelf with a torn biceps suffered Thursday, Lewis-Moore, a 2013 sixth-round pick who missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury suffered in his final game at Notre Dame and then tore his Achilles early in 2014, said he is rounding back into his pre-injury form.
"I feel like [myself]," Lewis-Moore said. "I'm just appreciating the time I'm out here, because the last two years, I kind of know how it feels not to be out on the field, so I'm just grateful for the Ravens to give me another opportunity to come out here and prove myself."
Lewis-Moore has lined up at both defensive end and defensive tackle with the second team, building versatility he feels will help him as the team is forced to cut the roster down in the coming weeks.
He's gotten better as camp has gone one, highlighted by some penetrating moves into the backfield in both run and pass defense Friday and Saturday. He nearly forced a safety in full-team practice Friday, and followed it up by getting the better of the reserve interior offensive line multiple times Saturday.
The injury to Urban and the absence of defensive end DeAngelo Tyson for undisclosed reasons have created more opportunities for Lewis-Moore as he tries to make an impression.
Lewis-Moore didn't want to assess his own play — he left that to the coaching staff — but for now, he's grateful just to be back on the field and into his second week of camp.
"Kapron has done well," coach John Harbaugh said. "He looks physical. He's moving better every day. He's a rugged guy, and I think his change-of-direction and flexibility have improved every day. He looks pretty darn good right now. We'll see Thursday night."