When the Baltimore Ravens drafted cornerback Jimmy Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft in April, it appeared they were getting the guy who would be their starting cornerback for years to come. The question then became, who would be the other starting cornerback, not only in 2011 but beyond. With three free agent cornerbacks, the Ravens wll have to make decisions whom to target to return. However, Lardarius Webb has no intention of taking a back seat to any other them, including the rookie.
Webb returned early in the 2010 season but was repeatedly targeted and burned by the opposition last year. At the same time, he was less than a year removed form serious ACL surgery and has now fully recovered to the point of planning to compete for a starting role from day one. In a story in the Carroll County Times, Webb knows he will have competition in Smith, Domonique Foxworth and whichever cornerback(s) that the team decides to re-sign.
Webb was helping out at Derrick Mason's youth football camp in Westminster and made it known that he plans to be starting when the 2011 season opens on September 11, 2011 with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town. He welcomes the competition, be it from the rookie or one of the other veterans.