For all of the attention surrounding whether Lardarius Webb would return, it was Chris Carr who lined up opposite fellow starting cornerback Fabian Washington for the team's season-opening 10-9 victory over the New York Jets Monday night.
Webb, who had started four games prior to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Dec. 20, was thought to be close to regaining his starting role, but the coaches elected to go with Carr, who started five of the team's final six contests last season.
"I was starting a long time ago, and there was never a change," Carr said Monday night. "I knew I was starting from a month ago until now."
Carr helped a Ravens secondary that allowed Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to complete just 10 of 21 passes for 74 yards. New York also converted just 1-of-11 third downs.
Carr said working with the first defense last year has helped him gain a certain comfort level this season.
"I have a lot of confidence," he said. "I felt like I put in the work this offseason. I'm more experienced after playing with the starters last year at the end of the year. Playing with everyone else and communicating, everybody's pretty confident going out there.
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