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Quiet debut for Matt Elam playing behind Michael Huff

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It was a quiet regular-season debut for Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam.

The first-round draft pick substituted for struggling veteran free safety Michael Huff during the Ravens' 49-27 blowout loss to the Denver Broncos where they allowed seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning.

As Huff failed to contain Broncos tight end Julius Thomas with the former college basketball player scoring two touchdowns, Elam wound up playing 15 snaps in relief of Huff, most of them with the game already decided in the fourth quarter, and had one tackle and no pass deflections.

"I felt like I did well, did my job," Elam said. "I just didn't do enough. Peyton Manning executed, he executed well.

"He's one of the greatest to ever do it, and he proved why he is. They executed, they made plays. We didn't take advantage of plays we had an opportunity to make."

The Ravens aren't liable to make a switch to the starting lineup this quickly after signing Huff to a three-year, $6 million contract in March, but it was nonetheless a troubling start as his tackling was substandard.

Huff said the Ravens followed a normal rotation in a game that got out of hand.

"Oh yeah, we rotated," Huff said. "He's a young guy. We got to see what he can do. We'll rotate."

As Huff and strong safety James Ihedigbo both had their share of issues, Elam, a consensus All-American at the University of Florida, was immediately clamored for by fans as a potential solution to the problem.

When asked if he believes changes are coming to the lineup or playing-time distribution, Elam replied: "I'm not sure of all of that."

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