Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb (21) breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
2. Lardarius Webb will start for another season
After last season, it was unclear as to whether or not Lardarius Webb would be back this season in a purple and black uniform, but the Ravens were able to structure Webb’s contract in a way to benefit them and keep the proven veteran cornerback in Baltimore. Webb dealt with ailments early last season and they struck again during training camp, keeping him out for the entire preseason.
So, when the depth chart came out and Webb was listed as the starting corner opposite Jimmy Smith, that might have came as a surprise to some. However, the fact that Webb is a lot more healthy now compared to where he was during training camp, it makes sense as to why he’s still in the starting lineup.
It’s true that Baltimore’s secondary is looking a lot better than they did last year based on the return of Smith and the additions of Kendrick Lewis and Kyle Arrington, but Webb is still Baltimore’s guy. Other than the injuries, he hasn’t really given the Ravens a reason to believe his time on the field is done.
As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for him, the secondary would have really been in trouble last season as he was the only experienced guy in the lineup once Jimmy Smith went down with a season-ending injury midway through the season. Kyle Arrington is Webb’s listed backup, but Arrington is still expected to see a lot of time on the field given the fact that he’s the slot cornerback in three-wide sets.
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