Michael McAdoo Trying To Knock Off Rust

Michael McAdoo acknowledges there is some rust, but he feels comfortable in Ravens defense.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Michael McAdoo has played in one football game since Nov. 28, 2009.

Now he’s trying to become a factor in the Ravens’ 2012 pass rush, an area in which he may be particularly useful considering outside linebacker Terrell Suggs’ injury.

Getting back into game shape isn’t going to be easy, but it’s McAdoo’s goal this offseason.

“Actually suiting up and putting on those shoulder pads, it’s going to be a little different for me,” McAdoo said. “I’m not going to say it’s going to take a long time for me to get back in it, but there are rust spots when it comes to actually competing.”

The former North Carolina defensive end was suspended for his 2010 college campaign for an academic violation and accepting impermissible benefits.

He then declared for the supplemental draft, but no team put in a bid of a draft pick. McAdoo hit the open market, and the Ravens scooped him up and signed him with about a week to go in training camp.

McAdoo played in the preseason finale in Atlanta, his only NFL game to date. In late fourth-quarter action, he burst off the edge to strip backup quarterback John Parker Wilson, causing a fumble that turned into Baltimore’s game-winning touchdown.

It was a preview of the potential residing in McAdoo’s 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame.

“I take a lot from that play,” McAdoo said. “For me to go out there and get a sack when I hadn’t played in a whole year, it meant a lot to me. But I can’t bank on that. That was a preseason game and I need to prove what I can do in a game that does count.”

McAdoo made the 53-man roster, but not for long. On September 14, about three weeks after he was originally signed, McAdoo was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. His roster spot was used for David Reed, who was returning from a one-game suspension.

While the injury sidelined him from the field, it did allow him a year in the classroom. McAdoo said he attended every single meeting last season.

“I’m very comfortable now that I know the plays and know where I’m supposed to be,” McAdoo said. “It puts me in a better position. I can show the coaches that I know what I’m doing.”

With his size, McAdoo is perhaps best suited as a 4-3 defensive end with his hand in the dirt. That’s what he played in college. But in the Ravens’ scheme, he could be asked to stand up as an outside linebacker as well as rush from the defensive line.

Either way, McAdoo has impressive measurables. It’s a matter of whether he can polish them in time to contribute.

“I feel like I have a lot of athletic ability,” he said. “You can’t teach height and speed. I knew I had to get bigger and stronger and that won’t be a problem.”

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