Linebacker Simon benefits from OSU upbringing

Linebacker Simon benefits from OSU upbringing
May 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Ravens' rookie mini-camp began on Friday, and linebacker John Simon was ready to go.

The former Ohio State linebacker was one of a bunch of rookies on the field at the team's practice facility on Friday and clearly felt fired up to be part of the Super Bowl winners. Simon wore No. 47 and said now's the time of transition for him and all of the rookies in camp.

"[It's] just getting to know each other, new system, getting used to the playbook," Simon said. "It's just getting yourself feeling comfortable out there on the field at a new level of play, and this minicamp's like a jump [start] to that."

Simon said the Baltimore playbook is similar to Ohio State's with the terminology being a bit different. But Simon feels like learning the playbook is half the battle.

Simon's coach at Ohio State knows a bit about playing defense. Mike Vrabel played with the Patriots and Chiefs and was a solid linebacker. Simon said his coaching helped the linebacker be ready for the transition to NFL life.

Right now, Simon is working on taking the first steps to playing where the Ravens want. He can be an outside linebacker or a defensive end. When asked which position he sees himself at, Simon just shrugged.

"Wherever they tell me to go, that's where I'm going to fit best," he said. 

Players like Simon and the other rookies now are just getting used to seeing what the Ravens do on defense and as a team. The rookies will then get a much different look at things when the veterans come in. 

For now, Simon said he's trying to get his feet on the ground -- and will be ready to learn from players like Terrell Suggs and others.

"[I'm} trying to do everything I can to succeed, and whatever it takes i'm going to do it," Simon said. "Those are some of the best guys in the's going to be something special. I'm going to try to get every little detail I can out of them. I look forward to it."