James Ihedigbo knows what it is like to be overlooked and underestimated.
He was lightly recruited, undrafted and cast aside by two NFL teams before landing with the Ravens.
He entered camp as the starting strong safety, but outsiders assumed it would be only a matter of time until it belonged to first-round draft pick Matt Elam.
Ihedigbo had other plans — not just to keep the job, but to stand out on a defense full of stars.
“I knew I was a proven starter in this league,” Ihedigbo said. “I just needed to showcase my talent, show people that they weren't just putting me in there [as a placeholder], that I was more than qualified to play the position.”