Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb "fully trusts his knee again" after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2012. He slowly became confident in his ability to backpedal, and break on the football as the season went on. While Webb had a good year statistically, finishing the season with 74 tackles, 22 pass deflections and two interceptions, he was still down personally on his own play, saying:
I was trying to get my legs back under me and get my knees right and get back to the flow and speed of the game. I did okay, not as good as I wanted to.
Towards the end of the season, Webb could be seen paying with more confidence and returning to his shutdown player caliber. This was Webb's second ACL injury after tearing the same ligament in his right knee as a rookie. He is in the third year of his 6 year, $50million contract extension. Webb is set to count as $10.5million against the cap this season.
Webb returning to full health will be needed as the Ravens' secondary will undergo some changes with nickle cornerback, Corey Graham signing with the Buffalo Bills this offseason. The Ravens will be looking to still sign a veteran corner to play in that position and compete with the younger corners or will be expected to draft one in the middle to later rounds in the 2014 NFL draft in May.
With the Ravens signing veteran wide receiver Steve Smith back in March, Webb expressed interest in facing Smith during practice as another way to improve his play.
With me going against him every day, with how he practices and the way he plays, his attitude about the game, is going to make me 100 percent better. I love the matchup. I can’t wait to meet him. It’s going to be big.
Webb is hosting a charity softball game June 1st at M&T Bank Stadium and looks to get his first Pro Bowl nod during the 2014 season.