Entering the 2013 season, the Ravens knew they would be starting two new safeties. Strong safety Bernard Pollard was released after the Super Bowl and iconic free safety Ed Reed was not re-signed.
They did bring back a lot of talent and depth at cornerback, though it also came with uncertainty. Lardarius Webb was working his way back from a major knee injury, Jimmy Smith had yet to emerge as a consistent every-down player and Corey Graham was coming off the best three-month stretch of his life.
With those three playing in front of the new starting safeties, top pick Matt Elam and veteran James Ihedigbo, the secondary took some time to gel. But they played better in the second half of the season, especially Smith, who finally started to live up with the expectations that come with being a first-round pick.
The Ravens finished 12th in passing defense and were tied for 15th with 16 interceptions, but there were promising signs for their secondary going forward despite more turnover expected this offseason.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun