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Ravens cornerback Quinton Pointer standing out early, but preseason games beckon

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said cornerback Quinton Pointer, who was signed to the practice squad in December, has been "very productive in camp."

"He has his hands on a lot of balls," Pees said. "I think he probably has the most interceptions of anybody back there, and that's what we want back there."

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The secondary has made a concerted effort to intercept more passes in practice this year after tying a franchise low with 11 in 2014. Pointer, who had six career interceptions at UNLV and has been on the practice squad of the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers since entering the NFL in 2012, is one of several new faces in the secondary.

"Right now, he's playing at a good level," Pees said. "I don't think anybody is playing at a high level yet, but we're playing at a good level. I think we've been much more aggressive back there in the back, and he has been one of the guys that stood out. It's going to be really interesting to see when the lights come on here in preseason and it's not practice. It'll be interesting to see, but right now, he's doing a good job."

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End zone

Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil missed a couple of practices while dealing with Achilles tendinitis, but he has looked good since returning. He regularly got the best of right tackle Rick Wagner on Friday. "He came here in great shape," Pees said. "I really think he has a chance to have another great year. I don't see anything falling off with him whatsoever." … The Ravens hardly used the shotgun formation last season under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but that could change this year. "We're an under-the-center football team, but we will use the shotgun when it's appropriate," offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said.


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