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Biggest Weakness of Every Projected Starter in Raven's Secondary

Lardarius Webb-CB

Besides having to comeback from his second ACL injury, I can only see one slight weakness in Webb's game: His ability to play "downhill" in zone coverage. That isn't to say he is bad at it, but it's hard to find any weakness in a player like Webb. To be more specific, however, this downside to Webb's game is especially apparent when he is asked to play in a cover-2 role. Webb's at his best when he is playing the man in front of him in a man-to-man capacity. Again, Webb isn't bad in zone coverage; it was just the only thing I could find in his tape that wasn't as good as his usual play.

Jimmy Smith-CB

I was tempted to put Corey Graham here, but after reading some reports about Smith's new found work ethic and dedication I found myself making this bold prediction. Like my prediction, Jimmy Smith's main weakness is very bold: He really struggles in any type of off-coverage. Whether it is Cover 2 Sink or Off-Man coverage, Smith's wasted motion and slow feet keep him from being successful. Conversely, Smith does have great skills at the line of scrimmage. When the defensive call allows Smith to get his hands on the man he's playing he shows great promise. Remember the Superbowl? In that game he covered the X receiver and was able to press his man-- a good combination. I'm not saying Smith is one demential, but he has some clear weakness' and some very clear strengths.

Matt Elam-S

Quite Frankly, I don't see any glaring weakness' in the way Elam plays. The only problem I can see him having is trying to cover bigger tight ends due to his short stature. But, realizing that he'll have to do that a lot, this may end up being a bigger deal than most Raven's fans would hope. Players like Heath Miller and Tyler Eifert will dominate the seem unless Elam can overcome his height and get physical with them. If the Raven's wanted to utilize Elam's strengths, they could let him roam around the field rather than being tied down into one position.

Michael Huff-S

Huff is a really interesting player. In 2010, he was one of the better safeties in the NFL, playing deep in the Raider's defensive scheme. But, when Asomugha left for Philly, Huff was forced into playing outside corner. When Huff did play outside receiver, he had some serious trouble locating the ball in the air. This, however, was expected because he never played consistently with his back to the quarterback before. Last year, he got better in this regard, but it's still an issue that probably can't be fixed this late into his career. If the Ravens want to use Huff in man coverage, the best way to go about it would be to have at least one safety behind him. If Huff can trail and "ride the hip" of the receiver, he can look back for the ball and be more effective in man-to-man.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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