Ravens Call Matt Elam a Starter, Missing James Ihedigbo?


Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam (26) 1during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we discover that the Ravens still consider Matt Elam to be a “starting safety” even though he barely played last week, look at some team grades headed into the bye, and analyze the Raven’s struggles on third down this season.

Matt Elam is a “Starting Safety,” Plays Season Low Snaps

In a classic, and frankly comical case of coach speak, Dean Pees says that Matt Elam is a “starting safety” for the Ravens.  This, in spite of his gradual decline in snaps the last few weeks that culminated in a season low 15 against the Titans.  And he didn’t start.  The truth is Elam has been a liability all season, and the Ravens aren’t stupid.

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Ravens are Struggling on Third Downs

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Do the Ravens Miss James Ihedigbo?

We must admit, Ihedigbo has had an excellent season in what has been a rejuvenated Lion’s secondary.  He is currently Pro Football Focus’ 13th ranked safety out of 85 qualifiers, while the highest Raven comes in at number 34 (Darian Stewart).  Will Hill should make his debut on the charts once he logs more snaps, of course.