Sports Talk Live: Ravens, Redskins relying on rookie defensive backs
Question No. 1
Which Ravens newcomer will have the biggest impact?
Answer: I’ll vote for outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens have a host of new players who could play major roles, like safeties Matt Elam and Michael Huff, linebackers Arthur Brown and Daryl Smith, defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
However, Dumervil is in a prime spot to a huge season, playing outside linebacker opposite Terrell Suggs. Dumervil had 37 ½ sacks over the past three seasons with the Broncos. He had 11 sacks last season. That doesn’t sound like a player on the decline at age 29. That sounds like a player who can still terrorize quarterbacks, teaming with Suggs to give the Ravens a formidable pass-rushing duo.
Some pass-rushing linebackers are simply sack specialists. But Dumervil also plays the run well, which means he can be an every-down linebacker.
Not only is Dumervil a quality player, he is regarded as a quality person. Look at what Broncos linebacker Von Miller said on NFL Network after Dumervil left the Broncos during free agency.
“He was our leader in the locker room,” Miller said. “He was our rock. He showed me how to be a technician on the field…He showed me so much stuff on the field, how to be a professional, how to conduct yourself off the field. He’s truly going to be missed.”
Dumervil quickly took on a leadership role during minicamp, which will only continue during training camp. Leadership comes naturally for some people. Dumervil is one of those people. He should fit in seamlessly with the Ravens.