Webb Learning From Mistakes

Lardarius Webb looked like the rookie he is when he fumbled a second-quarter punt.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb admitted that he showed his youthful inexperience Thursday night in the Ravens’ 20-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

After calling for two fair catches on consecutive first-quarter punts, Webb was determined to ignite a spark with the return game.

But when Webb hauled in a 37-yard punt on his own 23-yard line, the Falcons’ coverage unit was on him unexpectedly fast, and the third-round draft pick fumbled the football as he was hit by cornerback Chris Owens.

Still, Webb is determined to turn the drop into a positive by learning one of the most important lessons in the game – hold on to the ball.

“I was me trying to make a play when I didn’t need to be making a play,” Webb said. “Last night, they punted it twice and I fair-caught them when I should have taken them. That’s when I thought, ‘I want to help the team and make a play.’ When I did catch it, they were so close on me, and I tried to make a play. A dumb move, but I learn from it. This preseason, I’ve learned a lot, from the team and from my own actions.”

Webb handled the majority of Baltimore’s return duties with Chris Carr playing solely at cornerback with the backup defense.

The Nicholls State product is adamant that his confidence hasn’t wavered.

“That’s what I do. I can return kicks, punts,” noted Webb. “It comes natural to me. My confidence is up there, and it can only get better over the years.”

Webb was a dynamic returner in college. He took 16 kickoffs for 472 yards and a touchdown, while adding 10 punt returns for 152 yards and another score.

The Ravens are hoping that Webb can provide depth behind Carr at returner, while also serving on kick coverage units and backing up the defensive backs.

“I look at the guys in front of me, learning the things that they know,” Webb said. “[Carr]’s got the job, so whenever they want me to come in, I’ll always be ready. Special teams is a big thing for me this year, no matter where.”

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