Old, new Ravens come together for OTAs
At minicamp, John Harbaugh sent linebacker Courtney Upshaw a message. What Upshaw looks like when he reports to training camp will send a message to the Ravens.
Upshaw admitted he gained about 13 pounds this offseason, up from 272 pounds to around 285. Coach John Harbaugh was not pleased. Upshaw blamed the situation on dealing with personal issues at home in Alabama that kept him from working out as much as he wanted. Harbaugh said that Upshaw must improve his eating habits.
“He’s working really hard, (but) Courtney’s weight issue – which he does need to lose some pounds, is that he doesn’t eat right,” Harbaugh said during minicamp. “Courtney eats too much, and he doesn’t eat all the right foods. He knows that’s something that he’s going to have to get a handle on or he’s not going to be the best he can be. He’s aware of it. We have everybody in our building involved in it. He’ll be in fighting shape, I promise you that.”
In only his second season, Upshaw will be part of the rotation at outside linebacker behind Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs. After a slow start due to weight problems as a rookie, Upshaw got in better shape, played all 16 games, made nine starts, and contributed 60 tackles and 1 ½ sacks. The Ravens know Upshaw has talent. But Upshaw’s hunger, that is his hunger to become a better player, will be partially reflected in how well he takes care of himself moving forward.