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Ravens' Leonhard a jack of all trades

Ravens' Leonhard a jack of all trades

WESTMINSTER -- The Baltimore Ravens unveiled an unusual defensive configuration against the New England Patriots when they ran out of defensive linemen as diminutive free safety Jim Leonhard raised his hand and volunteered to play nose guard. At 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Leonhard was outweighed by over a hundred pounds by the Patriots' blockers.

Luckily, he didn't have to engage the Patriots' offensive line in a physical confrontation at the line of scrimmage because his assignment was to drop back into coverage after lining up over the center. However, a big offensive guard started chasing Leonhard in vain downfield despite it being a pass play. "They needed an athlete," Leonhard said. "One thing they don't lack is creativity. They... Recommended Stories

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