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New Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis draws praise for quiet, business-like approach to game

Ravens defensive back Quinton Pointer catches a pass in front of free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) at mandatory minicamp.
Ravens defensive back Quinton Pointer catches a pass in front of free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) at mandatory minicamp. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

When the Ravens invested a three-year, $5.4 million contract in new free safety Kendrick Lewis, they were aware of his reputation as a serious young man.

Lewis has backed up that impression by taking over the starting job and quietly going about his work with a blue-collar approach.

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Although Lewis occasionally has to dial back his aggressiveness and not bite on play-action fakes, so far he's been as advertised as the Ravens try to upgrade a secondary that was vulnerable last season.

"Kendrick has done a really good job," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a football player. He's quiet. He doesn't say much, but he comes out and takes care of his business."

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Lewis, 26, started every game at free safety for the Houston Texans last season and led them with 84 tackles to go along with two interceptions. The previous year with the Kansas City Chiefs, he started all but one game and recorded 61 tackles and one interception.

Lewis' deal with the Ravens includes a $1.4 million signing bonus, but his salary cap figure for 2015 is just $1.26 million.

"He really understands the game, makes plays, always in the right place," Harbaugh said. "It'll be fun to see when the pads come on how he plays, but he has done a really nice job."

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