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If Michael McAdoo is going to make the Ravens’ practice squad, he’s got to make an impression – and quick.
McAdoo was signed just last Tuesday after he was not selected in the supplemental draft. Three days later, he was suited up for the Ravens’ preseason game against the Washington Redskins, but didn’t see any action.
That leaves this week of practice and Thursday’s preseason game in Atlanta as his opportunity. The Ravens’ final cut will be Saturday and the practice squad is announced Sunday.
Meanwhile, Ravens coaches are trying to get a read on the 6-foot-7, 245-pounder defensive end/outside linebacker, who hasn’t played football since 2009.
“I really don’t know [what to expect],” Head Coach John Harbaugh said, adding that he hadn’t watched or studied McAdoo.
“It’s impossible for him to come in and contribute in any way. He hasn’t played football in two years. He’s just a young kid. [General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz] say he’s talented, so we’ll just kind of look at him and see how he does. I say that’s a flyer right now. It’ll be fun to see how it works out.”
McAdoo was one of 14 Tar Heels suspended for accepting benefits from agents. He disputed the charges and filed a lawsuit against North Carolina and the NCAA, but the suspension was not overturned.
In two years as a collegiate defensive end, McAdoo recorded 29 tackles and three sacks.
But there’s potential in his massive frame, which Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano already sees. And that could make him intriguing enough to put on the nine-man p-squad.
“He’s got skills,” Pagano said after Monday’s practice. “I know right now that he can be an edge pass rusher. But, he’s got to go to work in the weight room and put some bulk on that frame.”
McAdoo said he was working out with NFL players during the lockout, but that kind of conditioning is nothing like a professional practice. He said he’s been working thus far as an outside linebacker, which allows him to get after the quarterback.
“I feel I’m still knocking off the rust,” McAdoo said. “I’ve just got to come in here and work hard and see how it plays out.
“It’s real difficult because everybody had three or four weeks ahead [of me]. Just coming in, you’ve got to catch on to everything real fast. I’m catching on pretty fast. They can’t throw enough stuff at me.”