Lardarius Webb

Injuries forcing Ravens to quickly develop young talent at nickel cornerback

Injuries forcing Ravens to quickly develop young talent at nickel cornerback

For much of his career with the Ravens, Lardarius Webb played cornerback before moving to free safety last fall. This summer, he has lined up as the defense’s top nickel cornerback, covering the slot when the offense has used a three-receiver set. It’s a familiar role for the nine-year veteran.

“It’s nothing new,” he said after a recent practice. “I’ve always been playing it. I’ve been playing nickel my whole career here. I played some last year, I played it during practice. It’s nothing new. They say, ‘Go to nickel.’ I say, ‘OK.’ ”

Webb’s rise to the top of the depth chart at that position has been necessitated by the loss of the team’s top two options. Tavon Young, a...

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