Upshaw agreed to terms on a contract with the Falcons on Friday. The details of the signing remain a bit unclear, but the 6-foot-2, 272-pound outside linebacker specializes in stuffing the run, but the bulkiness keeps him from becoming an elite linebacker. He will need to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 outside linebacker with the move to Atlanta, which will result in him serving in coverage more often. Upshaw collected 51 tackles (29 solo) last season, starting 15 of 16 games after Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles, and will look to build on that to secure a starting job again in 2016.
Upshaw finished the 2015 season with 51 tackles (29 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. With Terrell Suggs (Achilles) suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1, Upshaw started a career-high 15 games. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, the former second-round pick will surely draw interest as an early-down run stopper, but his lack of pass-rushing ability will limit the size of his second contract. It's unclear if the Ravens are interested in retaining Upshaw.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in Week 1, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. As a result, Elvis Dumervil is in line to occupy the Ravens' rush linebacker spot formerly handled by Suggs, while Courtney Upshaw is slotted to work as the team's strong-side linebacker.
The Ravens ruled out cornerback Tramain Jacobs (thigh) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He was the only player on Baltimore's final injury report ruled out for Week 14. Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh), running back Justin Forsett (knee), tight end Crockett Gilmore (back) and linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh) were all deemed questionable. Forsett returned to practice Friday and is expected to play. Meanwhile, the following players were ruled probable: Wide receiver Marlon Brown (concussion), tight end Owen Daniels (rest), linebacker C.J. Mosley (wrist), linebacker Daryl Smith (rest), wide receiver Torrey Smith (knee), linebacker Terrell Suggs (rest), defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (rest), linebacker Courtney Upshaw (hand) and center Jeremy Zuttah (ankle).
Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles in Sunday's 10-17 overtime victory over the Bengals. Upshaw now has 20 tackles on the season. The Ravens face the Bears in Week 11.
|1||09/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|
|3||09/27||@New Orleans Saints||22|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||8|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||2|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||4|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||30|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||15|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||22|