Ravens rookie Cor­rea shows ver­sa­til­ity

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— One se­ries, Ka­malei Cor­rea lines up as an in­side line­backer. He might play on the out­side the next.

The rookie line­backer has turned heads with his play and ver­sa­til­ity dur­ing the open­ing week of his first train­ing camp with the Bal­ti­more Ravens.

“He’s a foot­ball player,” head coach John Har­baugh said.

The Ravens drafted Cor­rea 42nd over­all in the sec­ond round of the NFL Draft. He played mostly out­side line­backer at Boise State, where he recorded 31.5 tack­les for loss and 20 sacks in three sea­sons. But with Pro Bowlers Ter­rell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil set to re­turn from their re­spec­tive in­juries to start on the edges, Cor­rea’s

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best chance at reg­u­lar play­ing time ap­pears to be on the in­side.

“It’s foot­ball, you still have to go get the ball,” Cor­rea said Sun­day at the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter. “I’m play­ing mul­ti­ple po­si­tions, and I’m just try­ing to do what I can at ev­ery po­si­tion and just soak in my in­for­ma­tion.”

The Honolulu na­tive has dis­played an im­pres­sive mo­tor and a re­lent­less pur­suit of the ball car­rier early in train­ing camp. Cor­rea’s size (6-3, 250 pounds) and quick­ness sug­gest can ex­pect to see the field plenty as a rookie.

He ap­pears to be com­pet­ing to start in the mid­dle of Bal­ti­more’s 3-4 de­fense along­side Pro Bowl line­backer C.J. Mosley, the team­mate Cor­rea said he is learn­ing the most from.

Mosley, en­ter­ing his third sea­son out of Alabama, is a player Cor­rea has long ad­mired.

“I used to watch him in col­lege, and I was like, ‘That guy is good!’ Then he gets drafted to the Ravens, then I get drafted to the Ravens. I had a lot of flash­backs,” Cor­rea said. “He ob­vi­ously knows what he is do­ing. He’s ac­tu­ally been a great team­mate to me; he’s been very pa­tient with me. He is try­ing to work with me, be­cause I’m run­ning with the ‘ones’ right now. He is just al­laround a good dude, and he is a damn good foot­ball player. I’m try­ing to model my game af­ter him.”

Cor­rea said Mosley’s best ad­vice was “Just don’t think. Just get to the ball.”

While his abil­ity to rush the quar­ter­back drew at­ten­tion in col­lege, Cor­rea showed that his pass

cov­er­age is de­vel­op­ing with an in­ter­cep­tion on Satur­day.

“I’m still go­ing to rush the passer, and I’m still go­ing to drop,” he said. “I’m go­ing to do what­ever they say. That’s my job, and I’m try­ing to keep my job.”

Cor­rea ac­knowl­edged how must faster and more tal­ented play­ers are in the NFL, but he’s deal­ing with that by con­tin­u­ing to be ex­actly what his head coach said he is – a foot­ball player.

“No­body is junk. Ev­ery­body is good. So, you’ve got to be on your game ev­ery day, and you’ve got to come to work. If you don’t come to work, some­body is go­ing to hit you up­side your head,” he said. “It is still foot­ball at the end of the day. You’ve still got to go get the ball. You are rush­ing, you are drop­ping. But at the end of the day, you have to go find the ball.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Cor­ner­back Jer­raud Pow­ers, right, de­fends re­ceiver Kaelin Clay, left, on a pass across the mid­dle dur­ing the Bal­ti­more Ravens train­ing camp prac­tice at M&T Bank Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more on Mon­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Bal­ti­more Ravens rookie line­backer Ka­malei Cor­rea takes part in a drill dur­ing train­ing camp Sun­day at the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter in Owings Mills.

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