It wasn't by accident. It was for the AFC North.
"I gained a few pounds," said Dumervil, who played at 250 pounds last season. "It’s a different division from the [AFC] West, so I’m [very] prepared this year, for sure.”
Dumervil, who is in his second season with the Ravens, doesn't look out of shape. He just is noticeably heavier than last year.
Bulking could be seen as a risky move for a 30-year-old linebacker. But Dumervil thinks it'll make him more durable against AFC North teams, which was a problem last season.
In six division games last season, he finished with 13 tackles and 4.5 sacks (three came in a Week 10 game against the Cincinnati Bengals). What stands out is that Dumervil didn't record a tackle, sack or a quarterback hit in his final games against the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Another factor was an ankle injury that sidelined Dumervil in Week 14 and bothered him in the final three games of the season. The Ravens tried to keep Dumervil as fresh as possible, splitting his snaps at outside linebacker with Courtney Upshaw, who is stronger at setting the edge against the run. Dumervil ended the season with 31 tackles, his fewest since 2008.
Asked how he would rate his first season with the Ravens, Dumervil said, "Not good enough. We definitely have room for improvement. We can get better in all phases. We did a lot of good things last year, but we just didn't do it good enough to win games and get to the playoffs and have a chance to get to the championship."