Dumervil con­fi­dent he’ll re­turn

OLB hopes for Sun­day start; Per­ri­man, Bor­tles re­unite

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

Two con­sec­u­tive days of prac­tice have Ravens out­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil feel­ing op­ti­mistic he will be able to make his sea­son de­but Sun­day against the Jack­sonville Jaguars.

“That’s what I’m shoot­ing for,” Dumervil said af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing on a lim­ited ba­sis in Thurs­day’s ses­sion. “I’m shoot­ing to try and go out as soon as I can. I just have to con­tinue to keep build­ing that en­durance, build­ing that strength and get that ex­plo­sive­ness where I feel like I’m me. I’m ex­cited.”

Dumervil, 5 feet 11, 250 pounds, made just six sacks last sea­son af­ter set­ting a fran­chise record with 17 in 2014. In the off­sea­son, he un­der­went surgery to cor­rect a prob­lem with his foot and was ac­ti­vated from the team’s phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list Aug. 22.

But a set­back re­lated to the op­er­a­tion side­lined him for the first two games. Al­bert McClel­lan started in Dumervil’s spot, col­lect­ing two tack­les and no sacks.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pees would not con­firm that Dumervil will play in Jack­sonville but was en­cour­aged by his par­tic­i­pa­tion in prac­tice for the sec­ond straight day.

“It’s great to see him out there, and when he gets a chance to play, he’s go­ing to bring Elvis,” Pees said.

Dumervil seemed happy with how the foot has held up thus far.

“The good thing is, we’ve got a lot of work on it, we put a lot of stress on it,” he said. “The guys are be­ing smart with how we’re pro­gress­ing with it. The good thing is ev­ery time I wake up, it feels the same, so I’m not go­ing back­wards.” Elvis Dumervil Re­u­nion for Per­ri­man, Bor­tles: Ravens wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man and Jack­sonville quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles, for­mer team­mates at Cen­tral Florida, will en­joy a mini-re­u­nion of sorts.

Per­ri­man, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft who played with Bor­tles for two years, said the quar­ter­back “made things very easy for me.”

“He put the ball in great lo­ca­tions,” Per­ri­man re­called. “I feel like he’s a big-play quar­ter­back. He was al­ways look­ing for the big play. And his poise was crazy. No mat­ter what hap­pened dur­ing a game, he just stayed calm and col­lected.”

Bor­tles ar­rived at Cen­tral Florida a year af­ter Ravens wide re­ceiver Ka­mar Aiken left to en­ter the 2011 draft. Af­ter a stand­out ca­reer there, he was the No. 3 over­all pick in the 2014 draft.

Bor­tles joked that his ac­cu­racy in col­lege was aided by Per­ri­man’s abil­ity to out­leap de­fend­ers for the foot­ball.

“We had a re­ally good group of wide re­ceivers my last year there at UCF that did a good job,” Bor­tles said. “He kind of led that group and was the stud of that group. They were fun to throw to. He was fun to throw to. He made a ton of plays, we racked up a ton of yards, and they def­i­nitely made my life way eas­ier than I made theirs.” No com­par­i­son: The sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Bor­tles and Ben Roeth­lis­berger of the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers are strik­ing. Both were first-round picks from mid-tier col­lege pro­grams (Roeth­lis­berger was taken in 2004 out of Mi­ami, Ohio) and are phys­i­cally im­pos­ing (Roeth­lis­berger at 6-5, 240 pounds; Bor­tles at 6-5, 246 pounds).

In fact, Roeth­lis­berger in 2014 called Bor­tles “a young me.”

But Roeth­lis­berger has guided the Steel­ers to two Su­per Bowl ti­tles, while the Jaguars are 8-26 with Bor­tles, in­clud­ing an 0-2 start this sea­son. Per­haps that’s why out­side line­backer Ter­rell Suggs — whose Ravens de­fense will be tasked with lim­it­ing Bor­tles and the rest of the Jack­sonville of­fense — put a stop to the com­par­isons.

“No, that guy is spe­cial,” Suggs said, re­fer­ring to Roeth­lis­berger. “We like play­ing against that guy. But Blake is still a re­ally good quar­ter­back. He has some sim­i­lar­i­ties like ex­tend­ing the play and mak­ing plays with his feet.” Moore happy with op­por­tu­ni­ties: As a rookie wide re­ceiver, Chris Moore was un­sure how much work he would get with the Ravens of­fense.

The Cincin­nati grad­u­ate has played in 27.3 per­cent of the team’s of­fen­sive snaps through the first two games. Al­though Moore has caught just two balls for 22 yards, that’s more yards than Aiken and run­ning back Ter­rance West (Tow­son Univer­sity, North­west­ern High), and his four tar­gets are one more than Aiken’s.

“It’s crazy,” Moore said Wed­nes­day. “I was even talk­ing to Mike Wal­lace, and he said, ‘When you’re the fifth re­ceiver, you don’t get that many reps. But you’ve been get­ting a lot. So they must trust you.’ ”

Moore is still up­set about drop­ping what ap­peared to be a sure touch­down pass from quar­ter­back Joe Flacco in Sun­day’s 25-20 vic­tory at the Cleve­land Browns. “That’s some­thing that’s go­ing to drive me crazy,” he said. “When I watch film, I watch that 20 times. I should catch those.” End zone: Rookie left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley prac­ticed fully Thurs­day af­ter sit­ting out Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion. The sixth over­all pick in the 2016 NFL draft is deal­ing with a foot prob­lem. In ad­di­tion to Stan­ley, guard-cen­ter John Urschel par­tic­i­pated fully de­spite a shoul­der ail­ment. … Rookie run­ning back Ken­neth Dixon was the only ab­sence be­cause of in­jury. The fourthround pick has been ham­pered by a strained MCLin his left knee suf­fered in a pre­sea­son game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 27. Suggs and right guard Mar­shal Yanda also did not prac­tice, but their ab­sence was be­cause of non-in­jury-re­lated rea­sons. … For the Jaguars, start­ing left tackle Kelvin Beachum (con­cus­sion) and de­fen­sive end Jared Odrick (tri­ceps) did not prac­tice for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day. They were joined by start­ing corner­back Davon House (ham­string) and cen­ter Bran­don Lin­der (knee). Corner­back Prince Amuka­mara (ham­string), who started in the sea­son opener be­fore sit­ting out Sun­day’s loss at the Oak­land Raiders, did not par­tic­i­pate for the sec­ond straight day. Start­ing strong safety Johnathan Cy­prien (knee/tri­ceps) and wide re­ceiver Allen Robin­son (ill­ness) were up­graded to full par­tic­i­pa­tion. Start­ing right tackle Jeremy Par­nell (groin) and backup run­ning back Chris Ivory (gen­eral med­i­cal is­sue) were up­graded from lim­ited to full par­tic­i­pa­tion.

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