After seeing huge contributions from rookies on both sides of the ball in 2014, the Ravens' fourth-round pick, defensive end Brent Urban, is ready to return this spring to make an impact of his own.
The 6-foot-7, 295-pound defensive end was selected in the fourth round of last May's draft and earned underground praise from team officials for his athleticism and power before a torn right ACL ended his season in late July.
Urban said Sunday during locker cleanout day that his rehabilitation was going well.
"I'm starting to run and do a lot more on-the-field stuff now," Urban, a former Virginia Cavalier, said. "It's feel good as far as strength and stability. All that stuff, [I'm] just working to get back at 100 percent where I can run and do everything like that. It's going well. Everything's on track."
Urban was scheduled to be part of a deep defensive end rotation behind Chris Canty, along with DeAngelo Tyson and second-year player Kapron Lewis-Moore, who ultimately suffered an Achilles injury and missed the season as well. Lawrence Guy joined the position group during the season, and while Urban stayed a part of the team in meetings, he said it was difficult to miss out.
Urban had torn his other ACL in college and also dealt with an ankle injury in his senior season.
"It's tough," Urban said. "This is the first season I've actually missed the entire season. I've had a lot of injuries in my career, but this is the first time I've had to sit back and watch an entire season. It was tough at first, but it's just a part of the game. Sometimes you get unlucky, you've just got to deal with it basically, just suck it up. It was tough, but it was great to see the team winning. It just made me more hungry to want to get back."
Urban said his focus is now on the Ravens' minicamps this spring, when he expects to be able to fully participate.