Thursday, January 8, 2015

Patriots: Size doesn't matter with Ravens' Dumervil


Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker and pass-rushing specialist Elvis Dumervil isn't the biggest guy in the world at 5-foot-11, 255 pounds, but his explosiveness and ability to get past the line make his presence plenty large.

The New England Patriots are preparing for Dumervil and the rest of the Ravens' defense leading up to the teams' bout Saturday in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
"I don't really put a huge stake in size," offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer said this week, via CSNNE. "If the production is there, who says you gotta be 6-8 to be a good football player? I don't see that. There's so many guys that are shorter: [James] Harrison, Freeney, [Robert] Mathis, [Cameron] Wake. You don't have to be Mario Williams' size. Obviously he's a good player. It depends on God-given talent and God-give stature.
"... Including playoffs [Dumervil]'s got 19 sacks so he's using it pretty well. He's fast, he's athletic, he can move. He's pretty fast off the ball. He's got good moves. He's really good, no doubt."