Last year, Foxworth was a lock to start but he injured himself in a non-contact drill. We signed Josh Wilson through FA, so our starters turned out to be Chris Carr and Josh Wilson, with Webb and Washington doing the nickel duties.
We re-signed Chris Carr. Josh Wilson took his talents down the beltway. Fabian Washington was not re-signed. We drafted Jimmy Smith from Colorado late in the 1st round. Lardarius Webb is looking to make a bigger impact. Cary Williams is coming into his second year with the Ravens. With the lockout the players missed out on OTA's and minicamps, so their progress was limited. Everyone wants to start, but who do you think should start?
Here are a small description of how well each of them has done so far.
Coming off his injury he has not been the same player we are used to seeing. About a month ago he openly said his knee was not 100% and he didn't feel as fast. He has not been getting a lot of time with the starters due to rehab. One thing that does work in his favor is he was brought in to be the starter and has a phat contract.
He knows the defense inside and out. Was a solid starter last year. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury, which has reduced his reps with the starters. He did have some limited action this preseason and looked lost. Gave up two huge plays, one was a TD. Has not seen much time other than that. Carr knows the system and played well last year.
Also knows the system but has struggled in man coverage. He has shown he has progressed as a blitzer. At this point in his career I think he is better suited as a nickel option. Played well at times last year. Everyone knows he gave up the huge play against the Steelers. Webb is good but still has work to do.
Coming out of Colorado we are expecting for him to shutdown his assignments as advertised. But, since converting to the NFL he has noticed this stage of the game isn't as easy. Jimmy defended Bowe well but he couldn't shutdown the Pro Bowl receiver. Jimmy at 6'2" 210 lbs brings size, speed, and physicality to the position but lacks awareness. Is his skill set enough for him to start?
Cary has stood out the past two training camps and now is getting his chance. Harbaugh has been pleased with what he has seen from Cary, rewarding him with playing time with the starters. Started against the Chiefs and Redskins. Cary has used his long 6'1" frame to deflect passes and breakup TD receptions. Noticeably he missed a open field tackle against Hightower which ended in a TD. Overall IMO he has outplayed every corner on our roster.