Learning curve for Ravens' McPhee at linebacker

The Baltimore Sun

As a converted defensive end, Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee's biggest adjustment is acclimating himself to standing up and no longer operating out of a three-point stance.

It's a whole new world for McPhee, who had six sacks as a rookie two seasons ago.

He was derailed last season by a groin injury that required offseason surgery this year. McPhee also underwent two arthroscopic knee surgeries prior to last season.

"It's a process that's taken slowly where I'm used to being inside where it happens so fast and you have to do everything in the split of two seconds," McPhee said. "It's actually about eyes, you got to play with your eyes. I'm working on setting the edge."

McPhee is lining up behind Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs at rush outside linebacker, and absorbing tutelage from the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"I'm watching how he perfected that position," said McPhee, who recorded 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season. "I'm learning, I'm picking it up. Pass rushing is my bread and butter."

The former Mississippi State standout has lost roughly 15 pounds to get down to 280 pounds to upgrade his mobility.

"I lost the weight and I feel much lighter," McPhee said. "I can move faster than I did a year ago."



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