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Ravens cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin, Lardarius Webb praised by John Harbaugh

Ravens cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin, Lardarius Webb praised by John Harbaugh
Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin pushes Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins out of bounds. (Bob Levey, Getty Images)

Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin doesn't lack for boldness.

During his first NFL start Sunday, Melvin played with a visible swagger as he challenged Houston Texans wide receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins in press coverage.

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Although that confidence backfired a bit when Johnson got behind him for a 35-yard reception to start the game, Melvin allowed just two receptions for 42 yards on 10 passes thrown in his direction.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson finished the game with six receptions for 65 yards on 13 targets. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught no passes on three targets while covered by Melvin.

"Very, very pleased. Rashaan played really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "I thought our whole secondary played very well. Rashaan was right there. He shadowed both No. 80 [Johnson] and No. 10 [Hopkins] all over the field."

Veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb allowed just three catches for 21 yards on six passes thrown in his direction.

"I thought Webb played really well," Harbaugh said. "He's getting his juice back. He's starting to have some bursts and his speed. He had couple of plays on fades in the end zone as well."

Strong safety Darian Stewart played 62 snaps and intercepted his first pass of the season, while Jeromy Miles played 22 snaps and Matt Elam played just eight snaps on defense.

"Darian did a nice job, and so did Jeromy," Harbaugh said. "The secondary played well. We tackled well as a group."

No practice on Christmas

The Ravens and Browns have both tweaked their schedules and won't have practice or interviews on Christmas Day. Both teams have practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

End zone

The players selected for the Pro Bowl will be announced Tuesday night. "I'm very hopeful for all of our guys that they get an opportunity," Harbaugh said. "Many of our guys are very deserving about it, and I'll have my fingers crossed for them." … Harbaugh opened his news conference by saluting 14-year-old Ravens fan Jon Dzuray, who is in the hospital dealing with soft tissue sarcoma. "Just a shout-out to Jon," Harbaugh said. "We love you, we care about you and we're proud of the fight you're putting in the, the battle you're waging. We're proud that you're a Ravens fan,so we're with you." … Webb hosted his fifth annual toy drive Monday at Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club.

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