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By Matt Vensel | July 24, 2013
Matt Elam lurked as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stood tall and did his thing on Tuesday. As he often does, the 21-year-old hid behind a wall of big guys, waiting to make his next move. It's not exactly what you think. Elam's first training camp practice with the Ravens had wrapped up minutes before, and he sat on a bench as a large group of reporters, some of them large, lobbed questions at the quarterback. Elam wore a sleeveless white athletic shirt and had slipped one of the severed sleeves over his head to keep sweat out of his eyes and his bushy beard.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Eight Ravens didn't practice on Wednesday, including six starters. The only players not expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though, are offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Chris Canty and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Monroe is out for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the Ravens' win over the Carolina Panthers, according to a source. Canty had successful wrist surgery and is out for two to three weeks, barring a setback, according to a source.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
There is a lot to take in when 80 or more players are competing at different stations at a three-day mandatory minicamp, though some of my colleagues in the media may argue that there really isn't much worth watching. Still, of all the Ravens buzzing around out at The Castle, Matt Elam was one who consistently caught my eye. All week, the rookie safety was one of the most active players on defense, both before and after the snap. Elam, the team's first-round draft pick out of Florida, made one of the most impressive plays of the week on Wednesday, when he was lined up as a single high safety.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
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. “I think they're doing real well,” said Pees when asked specifically about the two safeties. “I'll admit that I don't think we played very well on the back end in the Cleveland game, and that was a lot of guys. It's never one guy. There are a lot of things that happen there and it wasn't just Matt and it wasn't just Stew.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The final word belongs to Ravens rookie free safety Matt Elam . Following a week where he created unwanted headlines when he called Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Elam intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the final minute to preserve the Ravens' 18-16 victory Monday night at Ford Field. The first-round draft pick recorded a game-high 10 tackles and capped the game with the first interception of his career. Afterward in the Ravens' locker room, Elam was emotional after contributing the biggest play of his NFL career.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Ravens safety Matt Elam and running back Bernard Pierce missed a second straight practice for the Ravens Tuesday, while tight end Owen Daniels, who missed two weeks with leg fatigue, practiced for the second consecutive day. Elam is dealing with "a little leg issue," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, and is expected back later this week. Pierce was injured on a hit to the head by Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather in Saturday's preseason game, and left the game to go through the league's concussion protocol.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Ravens safety Matt Elam will make $6.767 million over the course of his four-year rookie contract. He doesn't have to pay for the remaining 20 credits he needs to graduate from Florida. So, naturally, he seems to have gotten a job at the Gainesville, Fla., Finish Line while he completes his anthropology degree. Elam told the Ravens' team website that he was going back to school in part because of his mother. “One reason I'm going back is my mom. I promised her I was going to go back,” Elam said.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Here's what a collection of other media outlets are saying about the Ravens' selection of Florida safety Matt Elam at No. 32 in the first round: ** Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com explains why he thinks the Ravens picked Elam over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and others. Why I think the Ravens went with Elam is his knack for making big plays at crucial moments, which is a trait that has always ranked high with the franchise. With two safeties off the board (Kenny Vaccaro to New Orleans and Eric Reid to San Francisco)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday explained the decision to slot second-year safety Matt Elam in at the nickel cornerback slot in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he said allows the team to take advantage of its safety depth and added a run nickel package to its future plans. “We're able to do it because Matt Elam can do it,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He's done a great job of learning how to play in the slot, and that's not an easy thing to do, especially for a safety.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is known for his coolness and he seldom gushes about a draft pick. He got a little excited when the team made UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden the franchise's first draft pick in 1996, but there wasn't much jubilation when the team selected Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs or Chris McAlister. And then came Thursday night. As members of the Ravens' front-office staff walked to the podium at The Castle to talk about first-round pick Matt Elam, the safety out of Florida, Newsome appeared ecstatic, at least for Newsome.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Remember when everybody wanted Juan Castillo run out of town, when the run-game coordinator was a symbol of all that went wrong with the Ravens last year? This offseason, Ravens coach John Harbaugh changed his title to offensive line coach, and stuck by Castillo, calling him one of the best offensive line coaches in the league. Harbaugh's faith has been rewarded. Joe Flacco has been sacked only three times in four games. Only Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton , who has yet to be sacked, has been taken down less, and the Bengals have played one fewer game than the Ravens.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Ravens strong safety Matt Elam motioned with his hand in the opposite direction of the football as his eyes darted toward teammates trailing the play. Elam appeared lost at how to react Sunday when he failed to touch Taylor Gabriel down after the Cleveland Browns' wide receiver burst past him, allowing extra yardage after an already long reception. Confusion reigned in the Ravens' secondary during the 23-21 victory where Elam and teammates were frequently not on the same page.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday explained the decision to slot second-year safety Matt Elam in at the nickel cornerback slot in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he said allows the team to take advantage of its safety depth and added a run nickel package to its future plans. “We're able to do it because Matt Elam can do it,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He's done a great job of learning how to play in the slot, and that's not an easy thing to do, especially for a safety.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Ravens safety Matt Elam and running back Bernard Pierce missed a second straight practice for the Ravens Tuesday, while tight end Owen Daniels, who missed two weeks with leg fatigue, practiced for the second consecutive day. Elam is dealing with "a little leg issue," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, and is expected back later this week. Pierce was injured on a hit to the head by Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather in Saturday's preseason game, and left the game to go through the league's concussion protocol.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Terrence Brooks wasn't having any fun. Seven months after helping Florida State win a national championship, he was just another NFL rookie, lining up as the Ravens' third-string safety during training camp. He was struggling to master the defensive playbook and fulfill all the responsibilities the coaching staff asked of him. He was distracted by things off the field and bothered by factors he couldn't control. Fellow defensive back Chykie Brown saw a teammate who wasn't taking football seriously enough.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Ravens free safety Darian Stewart delivered such a punishing tackle two years ago while playing for the St. Louis Rams that the impact knocked Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams off his feet and sent him crashing to the ground. The big hit left Williams woozy for several minutes, ultimately knocking him out of the game. Although somewhat undersized, strong safety Matt Elam emerged as a feared player in the Southeastern Conference with a series of devastating hits. The Ravens drafted him in the first round last year because of his aggressive nature.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Michael Huff can relate to the immediate expectations with which rookie safety Matt Elam is dealing. He was once a first-round draft pick who had to help replace a perennial Pro Bowl defensive back who had left town. So Huff has taken it upon himself to teach Elam everything he knows about being a full-time professional. “Especially for a first-round pick safety following a legend, I've been there,” said Huff, the former Oakland Raiders defensive back who signed with the Ravens as a free agent this spring.
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By Matt Vensel | April 26, 2013
I usually roll my eyes when I hear someone say that a player "plays like a Raven. " But in the case of Florida safety Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick, I can't help but nod my head. It sounds as if the Ravens agree. “I started to watch Matt, and I've never been so excited. It was fun watching him play,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said late, late Thursday night. “It's been a long time. Watch play after play on tape, and you just go, 'Wow. Oh, wow.' … The way he played on tape is the way that you have to play in the AFC North.” At 5-foot-10, Elam is a little shorter than what you would like at the safety position, but he runs fast, hits hard and loves football, according to Newsome.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
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 helped the rookie safety get familiar with his new home. “It was a little hard at first,” Brooks said. “Coming into a new system is definitely going to be challenging. But for the most part, with more studying and just being a student of the game, I feel like I've got a good grasp on how this defense is and the scheme.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
With the first of their two third-round picks, the Ravens filled one of their biggest needs. The Ravens used the 79th overall pick in the draft to select Florida State Terrence Brooks, a rangy free safety who is also a standout on special teams. Brooks was the second consecutive Florida State player that the Ravens acquired, following the second-round selection of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. It also marked the third straight pick the Ravens used to upgrade the middle of their defense.
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