A week after Michael Huff struggled in a loss to the Denver Broncos, rookie Matt Elam, the team’s first-round pick in April’s NFL draft, replaced Huff as the starting free safety in Sunday’s 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Elam played every defensive snap for the Ravens and made five tackles. Outside of the big pass play to Browns tight end Jordan Cameron early in the first quarter, Elam appeared to cover well during his 63 defensive snaps.
Huff, meanwhile, played four defensive snaps in the sub package as strong safety James Ihedigbo never left the field, either. Huff also played 15 snaps on special teams after playing six special-teams snaps in Week 1.
Here are other observations from the official NFL snap counts:
--- Jimmy Smith replaced Corey Graham at cornerback in the team's base defense. He played 60 snaps. Graham played 35, which was still 56 percent of the defensive snaps. Lardarius Webb, the other starting cornerback, played 58 snaps.
--- Right tackle Michael Oher left the loss to the Broncos in the second quarter due to a sprained ankle, but he played all 72 offensive snaps Sunday. None of the five starting offensive linemen missed a snap. Backup tackle Rick Wagner, who replaced Oher last week, did not play a single offensive snap as the Ravens did not use their heavy goal-line group.
--- Tandon Doss had an active role after the Ravens re-signed him following the injury to Jacoby Jones. He was expected to play mostly on special teams, but he also got 12 offensive snaps, replacing Marlon Brown in the two-receiver set for one first-half possession. Brown played 60 snaps. Slot receiver Brandon Stokley played 19. Torrey Smith played all 72.
--- The Ravens constantly substituted defenders into their front seven. Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs got 49 snaps in the win. Strong-side linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil got 42 and 39, respectively. Reserve rush linebacker Pernell McPhee got 20. All five active defensive linemen played at least 17 snaps. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones got 33 after returning from a health scare. Defensive end Chris Canty played 23 snaps before tweaking his groin. Rookie weak-side linebacker Arthur Brown played 15 snaps after getting just six against the Broncos, but he left the Browns game with a pectoral injury.
--- Dallas Clark played 21 more snaps than Ed Dickson in the loss in Denver, but Dickson resumed his role as the primary tight end against Cleveland. Another week removed from his preseason hamstring injury, Dickson played 46 snaps. Clark got just 27, usually in passing situations. Billy Bajema played 15, five more than he played against the Broncos.
--- Starting running back Ray Rice, who left with a hip injury in the fourth quarter, played 37 snaps. Backup Bernard Pierce played 35. Fullback Vonta Leach played 36 snaps.
--- Rookie rush linebacker John Simon made his NFL debut. He did not play on defense, but he participated in 20 snaps on special teams. Linebacker Albert McClellan and safety Brynden Trawick led the Ravens with 22 special-teams snaps each. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk and safety Anthony Levine each played 20. Graham and Doss both played 16 special-teams snaps.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun