Baltimore Ravens Have A Gem In James Ihedigbo

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In Week 10, the Baltimore Ravens slipped past the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime 20-17.  The story of the day was James Ihedigbo.

This shovel-dancing safety had an up-and-down day that had Ravens fans on the edge of their seats, cheering in one moment and throwing things in the next. When it comes to defense, players have to buy in fully and practice discipline to uphold its integrity. That was the case for Sunday’s game. The pressure was great on the front end. There was edge control from the line to stop the run and the secondary held their own.

The unit as a whole looked great, but it was Ihedigbo who shined. He was everywhere on the field, defending passes, registering six tackles, two for loss, two interceptions and combined with a secondary that, up until the fourth quarter, had contained A.J. Green.

All of the great play by Ihedigbo was almost overshadowed by the one bonehead play that brought the game into overtime when he managed to accidentally tip the ball back in the air in what looked like an attempt to intercept a last-season Hail Mary pass. However, he was not yet done raising blood pressure in Baltimore, helping causing the turnover on downs on a fourth-and-2 in overtime that led to the win for the Ravens.

What I love about Ihedigbo is his resiliency. He bounces back better than most. This is because he knows the no. 1 thing that all defensive players should know: have a short memory. Ihedigbo’s play is a step in the right direction for the Ravens’ D. The seven-year veteran may not be Ed Reed, but  Ed Reed isn’t even Ed Reed right now. Ihedigbo has a nose for the ball better than any safety on the roster. Stay tuned as more great things are to come from him.

Jermaine Lockett is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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