It's a new day, and a new, revamped defense in Baltimore following the retirement of middle linebacker Ray Lewis and free safety Ed Reed joining the Houston Texans this offseason. Lewis' spot was taken over by veteran Daryl Smith, an instinctive, hard-nosed former Jacksonville Jaguars starter. Former Oakland Raiders starter Michael Huff is the new free safety. He gets high marks for his range and mixed reviews for his tackling and playmaking skills. Huff is a proven commodity, but veteran James Ihedigbo and rookie first-round pick Matt Elam are waging a battle this preseason for the strong safety job.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun