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Lardarius Webb displays progress in first start of the season

Lardarius Webb
(David Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb displayed progress during his first start of the regular season Sunday.

Webb allowed just three receptions for 27 yards during the Ravens' 48-17 rout over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

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He was targeted just five times as Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon frequently had trouble remaining on his feet, being sacked five times and hit 15 times overall. Webb finished with three tackles Sunday as he played a season-high 59 snaps.

Webb, who missed the entire preseason and three games of the regular season with a lingering lower back injury, looks much healthier now and is moving better.

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This was a much better performance than a week ago during a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in which Webb was repeatedly targeted. In that game, he allowed seven catches for 91 yards on 10 targets with six first downs surrendered.

"I did move better this game," Webb said. "Eventually, they're going to start coming, and I'm going to start getting picks like [cornerback] Jimmy [Smith]. I just got to keep grinding."

The Ravens' defense overall held up well despite 90-degree temperatures.

"The front seven was awesome," Webb said. "The way this defense practices, [coach John Harbaugh] prepares us for games like this. If it's three hours, it's three hours. We never leave early. He helped with this one by how he pushes us during the week."

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