When the Ravens were looking for a late stop last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was recent cornerback acquisition Will Davis, not veteran Kyle Arrington, who occasionally was matched up against star wide receiver Antonio Brown,
Arrington, who entered the season as the Ravens' third cornerback, has seen his number of snaps drop over the past two weeks. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Rashaan Melvin started the game as the third corner before he struggled and was replaced by Arrington.
Then, against the Steelers, Arrington played a season-low 20 snaps, three fewer than Davis, acquired from the Miami Dolphins about 10 days earlier.
"It's bigger than yourself," said Arrington, who signed a three-year deal with the Ravens in May after he was let go by the New England Patriots. "If you want to accomplish ultimately what we want to do this year, every guy has to put certain things aside, whether it be play time or things of the nature. I feel like we got a selfless group of guys, and they're high-character on top of that. We have a great bunch."
Like the rest of the Ravens defensive backs, Arrington struggled in the Week 2 loss to the Oakland Raiders and also was beaten late for a big play the next Sunday by the Bengals' Marvin Jones. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees said his decreased snaps are more a result of using Lardarius Webb in the slot. That's where Arrington had been playing earlier in the season.
"Kyle is still a very, very important part of our defense because he fulfills a lot of different roles," Pees said. "He's a guy that can go play nickel. He can go play corner. He can actually go play some safety if we needed him to. He has that role right now a little bit. It's a little more, really, based on Lardarius Webb than anything else, because I really feel like he is a really good inside player and a good nickel for us. And when we play [sub-package defense], we would like to keep him there as opposed to outside if we can.
"In no way do I look at [Arrington] as a demotion or anything like that at all. I just feel like that's a better fit moving some guys around a little bit."