Found August 23, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:

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He may have been selected first by the Ravens in this year’s draft, but by the looks of things Courtney Upshaw may be losing his spot as a starter. Although he’s currently still listed as a starter on the teams’ unofficial depth chart.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the man, who many had hoped would fill the void in outside linebacker left by Terrell Suggs’ devastating tendon injury, has been significantly underwhelming in training camp.

After arriving to camp out of shape and overweight, Upshaw first was unable to pass the team’s conditioning test and then missed an entire week thanks to a shoulder injury. While these setbacks have caused the shining new star’s light to wane, second year veteran Albert McClellan has not missed the opportunity to shine. Where Upshaw has been categorized as appearing hesitant and apprehensive.

McClellan, according to Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, has “no real weakness”. When asked if Upshaw is still guaranteed the starting position over McClellan Harbaugh responded, “You’ve got to earn your stripes. You’ve got to earn your position, no matter what. I don’t know why a lot of people would think that. It’s pretty presumptuous. The best guys play.”
The fight for starting Ravens outside linebacker has been added to the long list of league wide preseason position battles. Upshaw has two weeks to prove himself worthy of that starting spot. Perhaps if he had entered into camp knowing he had to fight for the position all along this battle would not even be taking place. Looks like McClellan prepared himself a little better in the offseason and came ready for the fight.

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