By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
1:30 PM EDT, September 15, 2013
Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam got his first NFL start today, replacing veteran Michael Huff at free safety one game after Huff struggled mightily against the Denver Broncos.
The Ravens also started 2011 first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith ahead of Corey Graham one week after Graham was unable to slow down Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker.
Huff failed to contain Broncos tight end Julius Thomas as he caught a pair of touchdowns.
For Huff, this benching comes after being signed to a three-year, $6 million contract in March as the replacement for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed, who signed with the Houston Texans.
The Ravens' defensive lineup changes didn't have the immediate desired effect as Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron caught a 53-yard pass with Elam unable to bring him down in the open field.
The long reception set up a 21-yard field goal by former Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.