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Former Raven Signs With Jets

June 15, 2018 - 10:57 am

By Austin Medina

For many years, the Ravens have been known for their great linebackers. After Hall of Famer Ray Lewis retired in 2012, Baltimore has produced at a high level with linebackers CJ Mosely, Zach Orr (before he retired), and of course Terrell Suggs.

One of their former linebackers signed a deal Thursday afternoon.

The Ravens drafted Upshaw, an Alabama prospect, in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in their Super Bowl XLVII win. In four seasons with the Ravens, Upshaw set the edge of gritty defenses. He started 51 games and compiled 110 tackles. His ferocious style of play led to three forced fumbles, five sacks, and seven pass deflections.

 He left Baltimore in 2016 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, where again he made a Super Bowl appearance. With the Falcons, Upshaw was a part of the devastating 28-3 collapse to the Patriots in 2017.

After two very quiet seasons in Atlanta, Upshaw went into the offseason looking for a scheme fit. The Jets provide him with such and he looks to make a major impact for the Jets young linebackers’ core.