Baltimore Ravens Training Camp Profile: Elvis Dumervil
Elvis Dumervil will be starting his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, thanks in part that a fax machine, a beautiful wonderful fax machine.
In one of the most bizarre situations to ever happen with a player, Dumervil was all set to stay with the Denver Broncos after agreeing to take a pay cut. There was a fax snafu with the final papers at the last minute, forcing the Broncos to release him. Dumervil was now an unrestricted free agent and chose the Ravens over the Broncos.
Dumervil is one of the leagues top pass rushers, as he is only a few seasons removed from a 17-sack campaign. Paul Kruger was the leader in sacks for the Ravens in 2012, but left in free agency to the Cleveland Browns. Many people (including myself) feel that Dumervil is a clear upgrade over Kruger and cheaper for what the Browns paid for Kruger. Gotta love the Oz man (Ozzie Newsome).
With Dumervil on the opposite side of a hopefully healthy Terrell Suggs, this tandem should wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Not only will Dumervil and Suggs feed off of each other, but their presence alone will open up things for other players that can rush the passer too. Guy’s like Chris Canty, Arthur Jones, and Pernell Mcphee will all benefit from Dumervil’s presence.
Dumervil is still in the prime of his career at the age of 29 and will be with the Ravens for five years with the new deal he signed. I’m expecting a great five years from Dumervil, starting with the 2013 season and I expect him to have an immediate impact, as in the very first game against his former team the Broncos at Sports Authority Field, which he used to once call home. I’m calling it now, three sacks and a forced fumble on former teammate Peyton Manning. Until next time my friends.