Ravens' secondary stingy — and stronger when Reed returns

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 2:51 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens' pass defense has been a strength early this season, even with FS Ed Reed sidelined for the first six games with a hip injury. It can be argued circumstance helped the Ravens allow the NFL's fewest passing yards per game through four weeks; they caught the Jets and Bengals as those teams' passing games were sputtering, and the Browns and Steelers started backup quarterbacks and had designs on leaning on their running games. Nevertheless, the secondary has come up big when needed, such as when promising second-year CB Lardarius Webb provided exceptional coverage vs. speedy Steelers WR Mike Wallace in Week Four. Webb has come back strongly from a torn ACL suffered last December and is building on the potential he showed as a rookie. With Reed ready to soon patrol center field once again, the secondary will regain its top playmaking presence and be even more formidable.