#3: How improved will the secondary look?
Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) tries to make a catch in the end zone against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens learned the hard way last season that depth in the secondary is a huge part of winning down the stretch. With Webb playing at a low level and Jimmy Smith lost after eight games, the Ravens were picked apart by Tom Brady in the divisional round.
Now that Smith is healthy, the Ravens have a lockdown corner they can rely on. However, they decided to add Kyle Arrington as a slot corner and as extra insurance for Smith and Webb. Arrington was a decent player for the Patriots, getting regular playing time over the past few seasons.
The Ravens also knew that their safety corps needed an upgrade, especially at free safety. They picked up ballhawk Kendrick Lewis as an UFA from Houston with the expectation that he will be the centerfielder the team has lacked since Ed Reed left.
The inability to cause turnovers last season was a real problem for the team, especially down the stretch. With the upgraded and deeper defensive backfield, look for the Ravens to stop the pass a bit more this year.
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