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Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb recognizes teams are testing him more

Lardarius Webb is still getting back to his old self after tearing an ACL in 2012.

Lardarius Webb says he hopes teams keep testing him because it will give him an opportunity to make more plays.
Lardarius Webb says he hopes teams keep testing him because it will give him an opportunity to make more plays.
Larry French

Late in the third quarter against Green Bay, receiver Jordy Nelson slipped past Lardarius Webb and scored a 64-yard touchdown to put the Packers up 16-3.

For a cornerback like Webb, who was looked at as a shutdown corner just two years ago, it was not one of his finer moments. He admitted he let his eyes gander into Green Bay's backfield to try to stop the run. That moment of letting his eyes drift allowed the deep touchdown and has been an area he's looked to improve on this week.

"My eyes were somewhere they didn't need to be, in the backfield," Webb said. "I couldn't stop the run. I need to keep them on my man. It's a play I should've been on top of."

Teams have been throwing at Webb more this year, which isn't much of a surprise given that the cornerback is coming off a torn ACL sustained against Dallas in Week 6 during the 2012 season. During the 2011 season, when Webb emerged as the Ravens' top corner, teams were avoiding him.

That hasn't been the case this year and it's something Webb himself has noticed.

"They're testing me a little bit more," Webb said. "I don't know why. Maybe because I'm coming off the ACL. Or maybe they're not seeing me playing well. But they are coming."

That said, Webb is up to the challenge and knows he'll make some big plays of his own.

"Just keep coming man," Webb said, confidently. "In a while, they'll learn. Let them keep game-planning me and coming at me. In a minute, 2-1's going to rise."

For the season, Webb has 28 tackles and five pass deflections. He's yet to record an interception.

Coming back from a torn ACL is never easy. Webb appears to be coming back into his own still. But to his credit, he hasn't hesitated much and has been able to give it a full-go.

One can surmise that the big plays Webb was making two seasons ago will start coming sooner than later.

"It's an uphill battle," he said. "I've got to get better each day. I've got to get better before Sunday. I'm ready to take the challenge."