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Few players can reshape their body in such a short time the way Matthew Judon did.Authentic Tyler Boyd Jersey

after a strong offseason in the weight room during which he lost 15 pounds, he was a rookie outside linebacker from Grand Valley State who had good power but carried too much weight. Now,A year ago, he is on the verge of becoming possibly the team’s best all-around linebacker.

No Ravens player can attest to that more than right tackle James Hurst, womens Eddie Goldman Jersey,who has seen Judon every day in practice for the past two training camps.

I would say that he was more of a power guy. This year,” Hurst said. “Last year,“He’s definitely got the burst,womens Kevin White Jersey, he is more balanced. I think he dropped a little weight. So he’s got that burst off the line to threaten you that maybe he didn’t have in his rookie year.

“So,Authentic Hroniss Grasu Jersey, I think it’s going to be great for him. I think we’re going to see the results on the field in sacks when they pile up for him.”

but the Ravens want to see more tackles. Judon is making the transition from rush linebacker to the strong side. He was a part-time “go fetch” type of player last season,womens Hroniss Grasu Jersey,The sack total is likely to improve from a year ago,womens Tyler Boyd Jersey, and his main job was to get to the quarterback.

he has to take on tight ends on running plays. He also has to hold the edge, he has to hold the perimeter. womens William Jackson Jersey,Instead of coming off the outside shoulder of a tackle,Now, which means he is consistently meeting 320- to 335-pound pulling guards head on.

laughing. “Pulling guards are getting cut. But seriously,” said Judon,“I am cutting them all. Put that in the headlines for tomorrow,Authentic Kevin White Jersey,Authentic Eddie Goldman Jersey, this is a good opportunity for me. I am involved in getting more drops [into pass coverage] and I am moving around all over the field. It’s good to be involved in more plays.”

Judon could turn into one of the team’s biggest success stories. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft but became a fan favorite last preseason with defensive tackle Michael Pierce as they kept contributing sacks.

Elvis Dumervil,Authentic William Jackson Jersey,Ravens coach John Harbaugh was reluctant to give Judon a lot of playing time because there were so many other players ahead of him like Terrell Suggs,Za’Darius Smith and Albert McClellan.