Courtney Upshaw quickly carved out a substantial role at outside linebacker as a rookie last season, establishing himself as a strong and reliable presence against the run for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

But what becomes of Upshaw now that the Ravens have added a Pro Bowl outside linebacker in Elvis Dumervil to start opposite Terrell Suggs?

“He’ll be in competition as an outside ‘backer out there,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said during a radio interview with 105.7 The Fan Thursday. “That’s where we’ll start him out. But the other thing is that you can’t have too many pass rushers, and we can find a way to get them all on the field now. We can scheme up some things to get all those guys on the field.”

One potential option could include Upshaw, Baltimore’s top pick in last year’s NFL draft, seeing time at inside linebacker.

Inside linebacker is a position of concern for the Ravens with Ray Lewis having retired, Dannell Ellerbe having left as a free agent and Jameel McClain being in the process of working back from the spinal cord injury that ended his season last year.

Pees’ response when asked whether Upshaw could see more time inside: “You never know.”

Said Pees: “The way we teach this defense, all the [linebackers] have to know all four spots … because, again, I’ve always told these guys that I don’t want a good player standing on the sideline by me with a player out there on the field that I don’t think is as good because you can’t play another position. So, our guys have always learned a lot of different spots.