Ravens' Slaughter only knows one speed

WESTMINSTER -- Hard-nosed Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker T.J. Slaughter is accustomed to only one speed, intensity level and approach.<br><br> If he's on a football field, he's running as fast as he can, hitting whatever moves and generally going about his work with a nasty attitude.<br><br>

Running with the first defense at McDaniel College on Tuesday while starter Ed Hartwell's quadriceps heals, Slaughter has dented and divoted the offense with a series of fierce tackles. He also absorbed a heavy-handed shot from massive offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

"They don't want me taking people to the ground or nothing like that, but I think you should lay a lick," said Slaughter, signed last year off waivers from the Green Bay Packers after his four-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars ended after an aggravated assault charge involving a gun. "We're 'backers, so we should get used to hitting. Most of these guys know I'm a hitter. That's what I do."

Running back Musa Smith has been one of Slaughter's chief targets during the first few days of contact drills.

Slaughter averaged 88 tackles for the Jaguars after being drafted in the third round out of Southern Mississippi.

"I'm used to starting and now I'm just trying to fit in," Slaughter said. "I play ball. I like to hit. That's my model. If you say thud, I think you're going to hit somebody."

Slaughter, 27, allegedly pointed a pistol at two men passing him in a car on a Florida highway in an Oct. 26, 2003 incident. He denied showing the gun, but told police he did carry a gun in the center console of his vehicle.

The Jaguars released him two days later.

Slaughter's attorney and state prosecutors reached a plea agreement last fall where he surrendered his gun and made a $500 charitable donation in exchange for charges being dropped.

"The situation that happened to me was an unfortunate situation, but I don't really think about it now," Slaughter said. "I'm just here trying to get a starting job. I put the past behind me. I can't worry about it. What happened happened for a reason. It's time to move on."

Aaron Wilson writes for The Carroll County Times

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