Ravens' Webb not close to shutdown corner

Ravens' Webb not close to shutdown corner
November 7, 2013, 11:00 pm
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At first, it was surprising to see opposing offenses challenge Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb this season. But they keep having so much success, it’s not likely to stop.

The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel cites stats that show Webb is far from the shutdown corner he was before getting hurt last season. Webb ranks 72nd out of 75 NFL cornerbacks in yards allowed per snap in coverage, as rated by Pro Football Focus.

On Sunday, Browns quarterback Jason Campbell threw eight times in Webb’s direction, completing five passes for 71 yards, PFF reports.

We’re not sure there is a way to measure the degree of embarrassment, so those stats don’t even include how Webb was completely juked out of his shoes by Cleveland’s Davone Bess on a touchdown catch-and-run.

Sure tackling has also been one of Webb’s hallmarks, along with tight coverage. Neither is in such evidence this season. With Corey Graham and Jimmy Smith also struggling, the Ravens have a cornerback problem.