Courtney Upshaw won a Super Bowl with the Ravens four years ago, and hopes to win his second title with the Falcons on Sunday. After spending his first four NFL seasons as a Ravens linebacker, Upshaw made a successful switch to the defensive line after signing with the Falcons last March. Upshaw’s ability to play both end and tackle makes him a valuable member of the Falcons’ defense.
“When we approached Court…it was to play defensive line, to play D-end and not as much outside linebacker,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I said, ‘This is something I see in your game.’ In nickel he did that at Alabama, and he did it at Baltimore as well…he’s a very willing guy.”
Upshaw has added weight since leaving Baltimore to better handle being a down lineman, and has enjoyed his new role.
“In Baltimore, I did a little bit of it, but mainly I was dropping into coverage on third down,” Upshaw said. “I give a lot of credit to the guys who do it on an every-down basis.”
Upshaw had a great Super Bowl experience as a rookie, when the Ravens beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. During that 2012 playoff run, the Ravens beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Now Upshaw is seeking another victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday.
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