Last season’s NFL ACL rehab overanalysis focused offensively on Robert Griffin III and defensively on Darrelle Revis. For better or worse (better), that allowed Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb to work his way back from his own ACL tear without nearly the same scrutiny.
Webb recently explained that he eventually got to the point where his knee had improved significantly during the 2013 regular season.
“By the end of the year, my knee was feeling a lot better,” Webb told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I was able to run and cut and do everything I wanted to do. I had so much more confidence and trust in the knee. I’m feeling great now.”
Webb, who threw out the first pitch at Friday’s Orioles game, admits his performance in 2013 didn’t meet his standards.
“It was just good, not great,” Webb said. “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 OK, not as good as I wanted to. I’m excited about this year. I’m feeling good. I’m into this offseason healthy.”
He may not be healthy for long, given that he’ll be repeatedly covering Steve “Blood and Guts” Smith in practice.
“It will be me against him in practice every day, making each other better,” Webb said. “Getting to guard him in practice will make me even more prepared for games. . . . 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.”
The results could be huge for a Ravens team that faded on both sides of the ball in the afterglow of a Super Bowl victory.