Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw did not have a sack last season, but realizes his future with the Ravens and in the NFL depends on improving as a pass rusher. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract.
The former Maryland running back and Mount St. Joseph standout is going to play linebacker for the Alabama Hammers after signing Thursday with the Professional Indoor Football Team franchise, which is based in Huntsville.
While we learned a little last week about Joe Flacco's adjustment to Marc Trestman's version of the West Coast offense, Timmy Jernigan's ascension to the starting defensive line and just how much longer 36-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith might play in the NFL, all of that has been sufficiently discussed and dissected.
OTAs have purpose, but only under certain circumstances. For veterans, being a no-show is no big deal. Their basic game plan is to show up for one of the three, then the mandatory minicamp and then training camp.
Coordinators Marc Trestman and Gary Kubiak run the same West Coast offense, but their styles appear to be different in practice. Trestman is more involved and certainly more emotional. He is constantly jogging in and out of the huddle, usually chatting with a quarterback or receiver.
Ravens director of player development Harry Swayne told those in attendance at The Baltimore Sun's High School Athletes of the Year awards ceremony that he was forced to change his attitude for the better when he entered the NFL.
The NFLPA issued a press release stating that first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, second-round tight end Maxx Williams and fourth-round running back Buck Allen are confirmed to attend the four-day program.