Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil added some weight in order to bulk up for the arduous AFC North season and is excited to upgrade his play.
Dumervil has already added 10-pounds of muscle so far and was noticeably bigger during Tuesday evening's press conference. The added weight should allow Dumervil to stay healthier in the AFC North where big hits are commonplace. It should also help the pass rusher to become more of an every down linebacker as Dumervil saw his playing time split with Courtney Upshaw, who was used as a run-stopper on first and second downs.
When asked about how he felt he performed last year, Dumervil had this to say:
I just want to get better in all phases, run, pass, rushing, coverage and just bring more production to the field.
Dumervil clearly thought that the Ravens defense as a whole was good but could use improvement but didn't point out any specific areas. He was asked how he felt the defense performed during the 2013 season:
Not good enough. We definitely have room for improvement. We can get better in all phases. We did a lot of good things last year, but we just didn't do it good enough to win games and get to the playoffs and have a chance to get to the championship.
The 5-foot-11, 260-pound linebacker came to the Ravens on a five-year, $35 million contract after a fax issue with the Denver Broncos saw him get released to get salary cap relief. The Ravens pounced on him last offseason to bring his 73 career sacks to Baltimore and Ravens fans were excited given his performance in 2009 where he had a league-high 17 sacks. While he wasn't happy with his performance last season, Dumervil still ended the season with 9.5 sacks, finishing right behind Ravens leader Terrell Suggs' 10 sacks.Follow @MatthewS_balt