Ravens expect Webb to be ready for camp

Reuters

Lost in an offseason of change for the Ravens has been a comeback of a guy who could be their most significant addition.

According to the team’s official website, coach John Harbaugh said he expects cornerback Lardarius Webb to be back for training camp.

Webb tore the ACL in his left knee in Week Six last year, and at least has experience bouncing back. He tore the other ACL as a rookie.

Webb was limited to individual drills in OTAs, but if he returns to the form he displayed when the Ravens gave him a $50 million contract, it will provide a significant boost to a team breaking in hew parts left and right.

Between replacing linebackers Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger along with both safeties (Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard) and cornerback Cary Williams, the Ravens will have a new look on defense.

Getting Webb back will be as much of a boost as signing Elvis Dumervil or any of the other replacements they signed.

23 responses to “Ravens expect Webb to be ready for camp

  1. Baltamoron front office gives 50 million to Webb and his torn ACL. Smart choice. This team falling apart has made the office season enjoyable.

  2. If No. 21 stays healthy he’ll be Roethlisbooger’s go-to receiver. After all, with Reed and Lewis gone, somebody’s got to scoop up those wobbly checkdowns and desperate hail marys.

  3. When you look at all the players the ravens lost and then subsequently added, I feel that Webb coming back gets over looked. He was the top DB 2 years ago, and was playing exceptionally well last year until the injury. Him, coupled with an upgraded D-line, and I think you’ll see a much better Ravens D.

  4. It hasn’t been lost on anyone who actually follows the Ravens, only on the herd-mentality media and on some fans of certain teams, who mindlessly talk about losing Lewis and Reed.

    Remains to be seen to what extent he has recovered, but he had come back fully from the prior injury and was their best CB when he went down.

  5. Webb was having an all-pro type year again following his completely overlooked 2011 campaign (in which Darrelle Revis was the only CB rated better than him by PFF based on their entire bodies of work that year) after getting injured. Say what you will about the Ravens’ chances of repeating because no one knows the first day of July what any team will do, but the Ravens’ defense will be back to the units of old if Webb comes back healthy. Dumervil is a no-brainer upgrade over Kruger. Elam within a year will easily be an upgrade for Pollard, Huff is arguably just as good as Reed at this point in their respective careers. Arthur Brown and Daryl Smith are going to be much better sideline to sideline linebackers than Lewis was last year. This is not to mention all of the beef added up front that is a huge improvement over stopgaps like Kemoeatu from last year. Add in Suggs and Ngata being healthy again and how hungry-to-contribute young leaders like Webb and McClain will be after missing the Super Bowl run, you’ve got a recipe for a top 5 defense again, book it.

  6. Look at your first 9 games, then yap about a “top 5” defense. YOur secondary is going to get beat mercilessly.

  7. “Getting Webb back will be as much of a boost as signing Elvis Dumervil”

    They left out that this quote was from Plaxico and Mike Adams.

  8. Dumervil is a big upgrade, but the other losses look like too much to realistically overcome.

    The Ravens defense was ranked in the middle of the league the entire year. Can’t see them improving that ranking after all of the offseason losses.

  9. Lardarius Webb is proof that Ozzie can find valuable gems in the later rounds. The only problem with Webb is that he’s injury prone but when he’s healthy, he can be a top 5 cornerback (and no I’m not exaggerating).

  10. And once again we have crown and jtb with all these promises about how bad the Super Bowl champs are going to be in 2013, yet very little promise of seeing them posting on Ravens articles come September. Don’t you have a .500 team full of retreads to prop up?

  11. Baltimorgue will fall in 2013/14, Mark my words, they WILL finsih last in their division, and that is a very hard thing to do in that division.

  12. Wasn’t too upset losing Cary Williams because I knew Webb was coming back.

    I challenge anyone to state a reasonable argument why the new pieces in the defense are not better than the old pieces from a pure abilities standpoint. Where the leadership, and thus the ability to coalesce as a unit, comes from isn’t as clear as in years past but there are plenty of places we will see it emerge. Only question is how fast.

  13. Real Ravens fans have already been aware of this. It’s the media and Raven haters who what to talk about the lost of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and the demise(LMAO) of the Ravens. Media want to talk about the 49ers like THEY won the superbowl. They talk about Kaepernick like he the second coming of Joe Montana, instead of the half-ass (half-season) rookie he really he. Meanwhile Flacco can’t get no respect, even though he is the only quarterback in NFL history to win playoff games his first 5 years in the league.

  14. Counting wins for a QB is stupid, they do not win or lose on their own. The 5 meat shields in front if him need to block, the RB needs to get people to miss, the WR needs to catch and run, the TE need to block and catch, the defense needs to stop points from getting into the board. Flacco’s first 4 years, he had a dominate defense and he choked in big games. Last year he was very inconsistent. Had games where they put up 35+ points but had games where they managed only 13 points…or needed a return by Jones to bail out the offense, or A hope and toss to Boldin. They got a little bit better on def and on offense they lost the go to 3rd down receiver, a lineman or 2(need a fan of the team so not sure the total), and possibly the mobile brick wall that lined up in front of Rice.
    Cincy kept most if their players, added more depth, and was #2 in the division thanks to tiebreakers. Pitt altho a year older was 8-8, the def easily gave away 2, maybe 3 games that the offense put them in position into winning. They had the overall #1 def on the year and coupled with an easier(on paper)schedule I wouldn’t count them out in the division.
    Cap hit for Flacco works in the ravens favor for 3 season, we will see if he can be the team difference maker, don’t cherry pick the end of season/post season stats, his career stats makes him an average QB, grossly overpaid, and his overpaid @$$ will ruin teams because future QBs will want the record payday that was already surpassed, Rogers higher average and Romos(another horrid contract, average QB)guaranteed money.

  15. this team is far from falling apart ,if anything they
    got better and younger..we shall see all this talk
    means nothing.LETS PLAY THE GAMES THEN
    TALK!!!!

  16. @overratedsteelerhater,
    Your posting name implies that people think you’re a great steeler-hater, but really you’re not. Closet Steeler fan.

  17. tsk tsk steeler fans. cant keep your stories straight. is it jumpball joe or checkdown joe. is it the defense is better with ray and ed or without. no matter how you slice it you all are coming off a mediocre 8 and 8 season and the ravens are champs.

  18. “I challenge anyone to state a reasonable argument why the new pieces in the defense are not better than the old pieces from a pure abilities standpoint. ”

    Chemistry. No one in your secondary has played with each other. Webb has TWO popped ACL’s and you’re counting on him…? And your ILB’s are green and total bums.

    I’m excited about the Steelers chances.

  19. That championship will seem like a distant memory by week 9. It’ going to be a fun season in here this year.

  20. oh yes it will be fun jb. watching woodley and troy and ben on the bench. seeing elvis and suggs barrell through that o line. seeing plax…well not really sure what plax does anymore. and the ravens will unleash its revamped defense…pierce and rice running all over whomever is in their way. the continued maturation of superbowl mvp joe flacco. and aftet 17 weeks the ravens will be back in the playoffs and the steelers will be back on the coucj wondering what went wrong

  21. I don’t know JB, the Browns have been doing more work than your team has this offseason….I’d take Bengals and Ravens over you. You lack a true #1 receiver, and the depth behind your number one is fairly short….and Ben didn’t look so good after that injury throwing, did he?

  22. Steelers are going to get what they deserve. A last place finish and the booby prize as the NFL’s laughingstock. This is the year Roethlisbooger gets released, Tomlin gets fired, and Jarvis Jones wishes he stayed in school.

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