Unlike the Ravens, who preach versatility at all defensive positions and play safeties and cornerbacks as their slot defensive back in passing situations — rather than using a dedicated player in that role — Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith has a dedicated coach and position on his depth chart for nickel backs.
A week after he was critical of the Ravens¿ coverage breakdowns, defensive coordinator Dean Pees defended the play of starting safeties Matt Elam and Darian Stewart, saying he thought the team¿s secondary played well in the victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has been fined $16,000 by the league office for his roughing-the-passer penalty stemming from a big hit last week on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was responding and was adamant that he would be just fine.
The Ravens pared their roster down to the NFL's required 53-player limit Saturday, choosing to keep two quarterbacks and seven wide receivers and leaving themselves thin at cornerback and along the offensive and defensive lines.
As the Ravens' new starting safety tandem, both Darian Stewart and Matt Elam have built hard-hitting reputations. But neither player has distinguished himself on a regular basis in the NFL in pass coverage, with the duo combining for just two career interceptions.
Responding to a question about whether rookie safety Terrence Brooks could be an option in the nickel back role, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees' answer probably could have applied to several positions.
Ravens rookie free safety Terrence Brooks' status on the depth chart hasn't officially changed, but he's starting to make up ground in the ongoing competition with veterans Darian Stewart and Jeromy Miles.
Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson left practice Sunday with the help of a trainer after injuring his right leg on a pass defense during full-team drills against the San Francisco 49ers at the Under Armour Performance Center.
Terrence Brooks, the Ravens' third-round pick this year, is behind veterans Darian Stewart and Jeromy Miles in the competition for the starting free safety job vacated when Matt Elam moved to strong safety.
Terrence Brooks said Wednesday that transitioning from his previous role with the national champion Florida State Seminoles to a spot with the Ravens has proven difficult, though team activities this spring have helped the rookie safety get familiar with his new home.
The Ravens contacted Haloti Ngata's representatives earlier this offseason to begin contract extension talks that the team hoped would allow the 30-year-old defensive lineman to finish his career in Baltimore.