Ravens rookie DeAngelo Tyson: 'It's a blessing to get the opportunity to play'

The Baltimore Sun

A tad hesitant at first firing off the snap, Ravens rookie defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson started to find his way toward the end of his NFL regular-season debut Sunday.

The seventh-round draft pick from Georgia displayed some quickness and hustle during a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

Tyson recorded three tackles, appearing in 26 snaps.

"It's a blessing to get the opportunity to play," Tyson said. "I always wanted to play in an NFL game. Now that I got my chance, I had a successful outcome.

"Hopefully, I get more chances to prove myself. I just play hard, get off blocks and make tackles. I think I did pretty good."

The Texans' offensive line had trouble getting Tyson off his feet and he played with a low pad level.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder also took good pursuit angles when chasing the football.

It wasn't anything spectacular, but Tyson was solid and showed signs he could become a rotation guy for a defensive line that has struggled this season and is dealing with knee injuries to starting nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

"It's a lot different being out there with veteran guys," Tyson said. "The coaches trusted me to put me out there, so it was just a good opportunity to play for the first time. It's always stuff you can do better."

In college, Tyson had 79 career tackles, three sacks, 8 1/2 tackles for losses, one forced fumble and 23 quarterback pressures.

A prep All-American from Statesboro, Ga., who was an All-Southeastern Conference freshman selection, Tyson is hoping to build on this performance.

Along with Tyson, Bryan Hall also made his NFL debut and had one tackle.

"They were both up this game because of the injuries, and they both did OK," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They both did pretty good, so they probably merited some more opportunities."


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