Lardarius Webb Steps Up Trash Talking

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Lardarius Webb isn't the biggest guy on the football field, but he is tough to miss.

The Ravens cornerback might be one of the loudest players on the team.

Whether it's trash talking to the offense, encouraging his teammates or arguing with the officials, Webb always seems to be running his mouth during practices.

"They said my pockets got heavy, so now I'm talking a little bit more," Webb joked, referencing the five-year contract extension he signed this offseason. "I just want to be comfortable. I want to have fun. When you're having fun, your day goes better."

For Webb, the chatter hardly stops when he gets off the field. After a recent minicamp practice, he argued all the way to the locker room with wide receiver Torrey Smith about who has better hands and whether Smith scored a touchdown on him.

"We really are competitive," Webb said. "That's what makes us better."

The constant chatter is part of the routine for Webb, and stems from confidence in himself and in his fellow defensive backs.

He made headlines earlier this offseason by saying the Ravens have the best secondary in the NFL, and after seeing his teammates on the field during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp, Webb has even more confidence in that assertion.

"Best in the league," Webb said. "We have four or five guys with the caliber of starting."

Webb is the team's top cornerback following a breakout campaign last year where he had five interceptions and 67 tackles. Behind him is last year's starter Cary Williams and second-year corner Jimmy Smith, who will battle for the No. 2 spot.

Webb thinks both of them are top-tier corners, and he was also impressed with the recent play of third-year cornerback Danny Gorrer and free-agent acquisition Corey Graham, who are competing for the No. 4 cornerback spot.

"Danny Gorrer had a great camp," Webb said. "He could go to any team and start. He's in the right position and getting his hands on the ball. That's something that you want to see."

Webb also said that Graham "looks great" in his first few months with the Ravens. Having the two of them in the mix, along with Williams and Smith, has Webb feeling good about what this season has in store for the defense.

"We see a lot of guys who are coming up," Webb said. "It was a great minicamp."

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