By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
8:26 AM EDT, October 3, 2013
For Ravens rookie free safety Matt Elam, Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins represents a homecoming.
Elam grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he was named Mr. Football as a senior in 2009 when he rushed for 1,883 yards and 27 touchdowns at William T. Dwyer High.
And the Ravens' first-round draft pick grew up as a Dolphins fan.
"That was my favorite team," Elam said. "The first football team I played on was called the Dolphins."
A consensus All-American as a junior last season at the University of Florida before declaring for the NFL draft, Elam will have a large contingent of family and friends attending the game at Sun Life Stadium.
"Playing in front of my family will be exciting," Elam said. "I can't wait. It should be a lot of fun."
Elam has 17 tackles and one pass deflection in four games (three starts). He had a career-high six solo tackles in a 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills, but also missed an open-field tackle on Bills running back Fred Jackson's 16-yard touchdown run.
"I just slipped, I lost my feet," Elam said. "There's nothing you can do about that."
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was intercepted three times and lost a fumble during a Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints.
"I feel like if we execute, we'll have a lot of opportunities to get some balls off of him," Elam said. "We just have to execute."