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Entering eighth NFL season, Lardarius Webb adjusting to safety full-time

Lardarius Webb has been with the Ravens seven seasons, but in a way, he is back where he started with the organization. Just like he was as a rookie, Webb is studying the playbook every night.

Seven years ago, he was learning the whole defense. Now, he is learning a new position — free safety.


Only two of his 15 starts last season came at safety, but now he will be there full-time.

In Webb's mind, the game is the same, but with more work to make the adjustment. He even has experience playing safety in high school and in college.


"(Playing cornerback) was a pride thing," Webb said. "I liked playing the position. It's a competitive edge. I like being out there playing one-on-one and competing with some of the best wide receivers throughout the game. But I love the safety [position]. It's a great transition. I'm loving it."

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Webb has 57 career starts and 12 interceptions. Now he has an opportunity to take on more of a leadership role. At cornerback, he took instructions from the safeties behind him, but now, he'll be delivering the instructions.

Of course, he can still learn from others. One mentor has been former Ravens safety Ed Reed, now an assistant defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. Another is the Ravens' new strong safety, free-agent acquisition Eric Weddle.

Webb is the presumptive starter at free safety alongside Weddle, and the two have already started to get acquainted.

"I'm never too old or too young to learn from someone," Webb said. "I'm always reaching out to Eric: 'If you know something, tell me. If you see something wrong, please tell me.'

"If he has anything to tell me, I'm always listening."