In the days leading up to Friday’s final cutdown, third-year linebacker Sergio Kindle was viewed as the highest-profile Raven on the roster bubble.
But Kindle survived the final round of cuts for one main reason: his ability to get after the quarterback.
“Sergio’s potential as a pass rusher is something that’s really important,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.
With Terrell Suggs out with an Achilles injury and rookie Courtney Upshaw still ailing with a sprained shoulder, the Ravens didn’t feel they had the luxury of getting rid of a potential pass-rush threat.
Kindle, the team’s second-round pick in 2010, has been active for only two games in his Ravens career, and he missed his entire rookie season after sustaining a head injury during a fall down the stairs. However, he had 16 sacks at the University of Texas, and the Ravens have seen enough ability from him in practice to feel that it will translate into the regular season.
“That’s something we’ve seen him do in practice, in the preseason,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got some talent, obviously. He’s still probably on his way back from a really bad brain injury. It’s remarkable how far he’s come, and we’re not ready to give up on him. We never would ‘give up on him’ — that’s probably a bad choice of words — but we’re still looking at him as a pass rusher and a physical edge-setter as an outside linebacker.”
Harbaugh also addressed the addition of another pass-rushing threat, outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton, who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last week, to the practice squad. Hamilton had 20 1/2 sacks last year for Prairie View A&M.;
“[Ravens area scout] Jack Glowik really liked him coming out of college, and Jack had a really high grade on him,” Harbaugh said. “That was probably the first thing that I looked at. That really meant a lot. He’s going to have to pick it up on special teams. That’s something that was new to him [and he] didn’t do a great job with that in the preseason, and he knows that. We’ll be working with him in all those areas, but he’s a guy we think has potential to be a real contributor for us.”