Ihedigbo asserts himself in Ravens secondary

Ihedigbo asserts himself in Ravens secondary
September 25, 2013, 9:30 am
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There were moments in Sunday’s Ravens-Texans game when it almost looked like Ed Reed was on the field again.

OK, Ed Reed was on the field at M&T Bank Stadium, but he was wearing a Houston uniform. No, we’re talking about a Reed-like presence in the Ravens secondary.

Not to say that James Ihedigbo is Reed, but on those few plays when he came flying out of nowhere to nail the ball carrier — Ihedigbo had two tackles for losses on Sunday — it was reminiscent of the safety play Baltimore fans had grown accustomed to over the years.

“He’s very aggressive,” cornerback Jimmy Smith said, as reported by BaltimoreRavens.com. “He comes down on the run and makes plays in the pass game. It’s not a surprise to us at all that he plays that well.”

Fellow corner Lardarius Webb said: “He’s the captain back there, and he’s doing a great job. He means a lot to this defense.”

Ihedigbo, in his sixth NFL season, told the team website he’s taking it upon himself to be an example for the younger members of the Ravens secondary.

“[Last] week I was like, ‘How can I exert myself and give everything for my boys, for my teammates, for my brothers?’” Ihedigbo said. “That’s what it’s about — emotion and play. I ask a lot of them, and they ask a lot of me.”