It’s incredible the onslought of key injuries that the Baltimore Ravens defense suffered last season en route to a Super Bowl title. While Terrell Suggs‘ offseason injury started him on the physically unable to perform list and earned the most press, perhaps the one injury that could prove the biggest factor in projecting 2013 is the torn ACL that felled cornerback Lardarius Webb.
The 2009 third-rounder was on his way to challenging Darrelle Revis for the mantle of League’s Top Corner until Webb landed on injured reserve following Week 6 last season. Webb had gone the previous campaign without allowing a touchdown and only improved his form in the 2012 AFC title game, recording a crucial interception that helped keep Baltimore in it. This stellar play carried in 2013 but unfortunately was cut short, leaving Richard Sherman to claim the role of Revis challenger instead.
As Webb works his way back from injury during offseason camps, the Ravens eagerly await him filling his vital role in a vastly improving and relatively young secondary.
“You saw it early in the season,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, via CSN Baltimore. “We use him a lot when we blitzed him in the slot as our nickel back. He was a good corner. He makes plays. He’s a good tackler. It looks like he’s a buck-fifty out there, but the guy throws his body around. He thinks he’s a linebacker.
“The other part of it is just the way he plays, with the tenacity that he plays with. It just brings an extra spark to that whole secondary. He’s another guy where it’s critical we get him back, and we want him back. … The thing about Lardarius is…I know he isn’t in practice, but he’s in every meeting,’’ Pees said. “He knows everything that is going on.”