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James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam locked into competition at safety
James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam locked into competition at safety

Nothing's being handed to rookie safety Matt Elam, the Ravens' hard-hitting first-round draft pick from Florida. Although Elam is widely expected to eventually start at strong safety opposite free safety Michael Huff, the Ravens are making him earn the job. So far in training camp, veteran James Ihedigbo has taken the majority of the work with the first-team defense. "Yeah, that's what it's all about," Ihedigbo said. "Competition brings out the best in everybody. Matt is playing great. The best 11 men will be on the field." Like most NFL teams, the Ravens believe that a rookie has to establish himself and prove himself to the veterans and...

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