Ravens 2013 player season review
Sun reporters Jeff Zrebiec, Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel looked back at the 2013 season and assessed the performance of each player and some of the coaching staff.
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Matt Elam, free safety( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / October 13, 2013 )
GS: 15 | GP: 16 | Snaps: 1,161
Season in review: Elam, the team's first-round pick last April, started the season as a reserve, but it took just one game for the Ravens to bench veteran Michael Huff and insert him at free safety. Elam experienced some growing pains in coverage, whether it was getting bullied by bigger tight ends or getting beat deep by Cincinnati Bengals star A.J. Green in Week 17, but it wasn't all bad for the rookie.
Stat that stands out: five -- tackles for a loss by Elam, which was tied with three others for the team lead.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Part of the reason why Elam didn't make as big of an impact as expected was that he is more of a strong safety. His talents, which include aggressive tackling, would be best used closer to the line, and the Ravens would like to find a true free safety to play with Elam this offseason.