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The Competition: Corners


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Domonique Foxworth, 6th season What He's Done:Following a slow start, Foxworth stepped up his play last year and became a real leader in the secondary. He led the team with 21 passes defensed and four interceptions.What's He Going For:Foxworth remains the only healthy constant with the first team, so he's looking to continue pacing a revolving unit.What He Needs To Do:The Maryland native needs to avoid the injury bug that plagued the position in 2009. On the field, Foxworth must be the example for the Ravens' young corners.

Fabian Washington, 6th seasonWhat He's Done:Washington started 10 games before he was felled by a knee injury against the Indianapolis Colts. In that game, he tipped a pass that led to a pick.What's He Going For:Likely ahead of Webb in his rehabilitation, Washington hopes to regain his blazing speed and perhaps hold off the upstart Webb by the time he returns to the lineup.What He Needs To Do:The former first-round draft pick has been rehabbing like a maniac, so he needs to stay the course and not get too greedy to get back on the field to avoid further injury.

Lardarius Webb, 2nd seasonWhat He's Done:As a rookie, Webb burst onto the scene after Washington went down. He started four contests and posted 36 tackles to go with six pass deflections. Webb also took a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown while averaging a team-best 26.2 yards per return. What's He Going For:After making a great case to be a starter, Webb hopes to regain his position with the first team eventually. But first, he wants to get back to full strength. That is the priority. What He Needs To Do:Webb also must remain patient through his rehab.  A constant at the Ravens' training facility, the Nicholls State product could begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. Chris Carr, 6th seasonWhat He's Done:Carr was a valuable nickel back and punt returner.  Solid and steady was his play throughout 2009. What's He Going For:The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder wants to make the most of his opportunity if/when he starts for Webb or Washington, but he also will have to fight off several players going after his top nickel spot.
What He Needs To Do:Carr just needs to keep playing steady.  The Ravens know he has some of the best hands on the team when it comes to catching punts, but his performance at corner could see him relinquish some of those duties.  

Walt Harris, 15th seasonWhat He's Done:Harris did not play in 2009 because of a knee injury. Harris earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2006 when he snared a career-high eight interceptions for the San Francisco 49ers.
What's He Going For:After his extended hiatus, Harris could see time with the ones by the end of training camp, especially in sub packages when Carr moves inside. A big focus of Harris' is showing that he can make a triumphant comeback.What He Needs To Do:Study, study, study. The Ravens obviously thought his knee would hold up, so to get on the field, the former San Francisco 49er will have to learn the playbook.

Travis Fisher, 9th seasonWhat He's Done:Fisher played in four games for the Seattle Seahawks last year as the fourth cornerback, but was released in November.  He was originally a second-round pick of the St. Louis Rams and owns nine career picks. 
What's He Going For:After being away from the game for so long, Fisher seeks to add veteran depth at nickel with starting experience - and to find a home for an entire season.What He Needs To Do:Fisher said he is a physical corner and needs to play that way in training camp if he's asked to shift down into the box as a nickel back.

K.J. Gerard, 2nd seasonWhat He's Done:Gerard saw action in three games last*year after spending the beginning of the season on the practice squad.What's He Going For: The lanky Northern Arizona alumnus is looking to be a standout special teamer and a player that can add depth at two positions (safety or corner) on defense.What He Needs To Do: *Already, Gerard has played with the first team in OTAs, so he needs to excel while Harris gets up to speed at the beginning of training camp.

Cary Williams, 2nd seasonWhat He's Done:Williams played in five games as a special teamer and even earned one start at corner.  What's He Going For:Like Gerard, Williams has great size (6-foot-1), and wants to utilize that to give the Ravens a good option to match up against taller wideouts. He also is a good gunner prospect. What He Needs To Do:The Washburn product played well in OTAs, but he'll need to shine in training camp when things move to full contact, especially on special teams.

Prince Miller, RookieWhat He's Done:The undrafted free agent started all 13 games at Georgia, logging 42 tackles and returned 19 punts for an 11.9-yard average.What's He Going For:Returner is the main thing Miller's angling for, but he could add depth at corner.What He Needs To Do:The punt return job is a great training camp battle every year, and Miller must show he can catch the ball consistently first, then be explosive.

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