When Baltimore Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb moved to safety full-time near the end of the 2015 season, the Ravens pass defense performed a lot better and finished eighth in the league despite being ranked as one of the worst pass defenses during the first eight games of the 2015 season. Some questioned the move because the Ravens didn't have a lot of proven depth at cornerback.
But with Shareece Wright holding down the cornerback position in a productive manner opposite of Jimmy Smith, the move to safety just became natural for Webb. It is important to note that Webb did play safety in college when he was at Nicholls State, but even though it was a lesser level of competition back then compared to now, the safety spot isn't foreign territory for Webb either.
Webb on his transition to safety: "I'm loving it."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 26, 2016
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted during Thursday's media session that Webb brings more versatility to the Ravens defense as he can play as an outside corner, a nickel back and now at safety. Webb provides an extra dimension that Ravens haven't had in quite a while.
To go along with that Webb is already happy to have his new teammate in Eric Weddle by his side as the last line of defense as well.
Webb on Weddle: "He's going to be big for this team." https://t.co/oSlgmtzD86— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 26, 2016
If this defense can stay healthy, the Ravens should be in the position to win a lot of games in 2016.