Webb On A Roll As Starter

With a fully healthy knee, Lardarius Webb is stepping up and notched critical pick-6.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 4 vs Jets

Lardarius Webb is on a roll. But don’t tell him that.

Whether it’s superstition or just him being humble, Webb refuses to admit that he’s off to a good start in the 2011 season.

The Ravens’ starting cornerback notched his second pick of the season Sunday night against the New York Jets and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

With the Jets only down 10 points and threatening to cut the lead more in the third quarter, Webb jumped an outside pass to the flats and took it 73 yards for a decisive touchdown.

“That’s one play that I had,” said a smiling Webb.

“Did I make a tackle? Did I do anything but one pick? At the end of the season if I’m still doing the same thing then I’ll tell you I’m on a roll.”

Webb actually had two tackles and three pass deflections to go along with his interception against the Jets.

The third-year corner perfectly read the play, which was supposed to get the ball to Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the flat. Webb elevated to make a tough grab and was gone from there. It’s his second interception in as many games.

Webb already has 27 tackles this season, halfway to where he finished last year. He’s second on the team in tackles, only trailing linebacker Ray Lewis, and it’s not because opponents have been picking on him. Webb has just been all over the field, and he’s made some physical stops as well.

Webb said it’s partly because he’s finally being healthy after suffering a season-ending knee injury during his rookie season. The third-round product played in 15 games last year but didn’t record a start. He earned a starting spot out of training camp this season and hasn’t looked back.

His play has been particularly key considering the Ravens’ rash of injuries in the secondary. Baltimore has been without rookie Jimmy Smith and veterans Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr.

But despite that, Baltimore’s pass defense entered Week 4 ranked 13th in the league and will surely move up from there after holding Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to just 113 passing yards.

“He is still a young corner because he played safety in college,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Webb. “But, from a technique standpoint, to me, he is really, really growing into a good, solid corner with ability to be really good.”

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