Ravens safety Matt Elam's playing time dips to season-low 15 snaps

The emergence of Will Hill as a starting safety for the Ravens has triggered a major reduction in playing time for Matt Elam.

Elam played a season-low 15 snaps during the Ravens' 21-7 win Sunday over the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. The 2013 first-round draft pick from Florida made one tackle in nine running plays and six passing plays, and he had an additional tackle on special teams.


Hill played 52 snaps (95 percent of the playing time). Darian Stewart remained in the starting lineup and played 37 snaps (67 percent). And rookie safety Terrence Brooks, who delivered a big hit to Titans tight end Delanie Walker, played 19 snaps (35 percent). Elam's time amounted to 27 percent of the defensive snaps.

Elam played 27 snaps during last week's 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It's been a rough season so far for Elam, who leads all NFL defensive backs with a dozen missed tackles. He has 32 tackles and three pass deflections for the year.

There were higher expectations for Elam coming into the season since he was shifting from free safety to his natural strong safety position. However, Elam has frequently played out of position at nickel back due to injuries in the Ravens' secondary.

Elam declined interview requests Sunday and Thursday in the Ravens' locker room.


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