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Matt Elam | Defensive Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Florida
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Sources tell the Baltimore Sun S Matt Elam will need surgery to repair his torn biceps.
Elam sustained the injury while trying to make a tackle during Saturday's practice. The No. 32 overall pick in 2013 has scuffled in his career and lost the strong safety job to Will Hill, but the Ravens were counting on him to provide quality depth this year. Instead, he'll be placed on IR shortly and rehab ahead of 2016, the final year of his rookie contract. Aug 3 - 10:59 AM

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The Ravens are "not optimistic" about S Matt Elam's biceps injury.

The team hasn't gotten MRI results yet, but their medical team likely fears a tear, which would cost Elam all of 2015. Depending on how much the Ravens value Elam -- who has been a huge disappointment through two NFL seasons -- they could consider using the I.R./designated for return tag on him, costing Elam the first eight games of the season. Because Elam practiced in camp, he is not eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 2 - 7:05 PM

Ravens S Matt Elam is headed for an MRI on his injured biceps.

The Ravens are afraid he may have torn it. A full tear would likely require season-ending surgery though a partial tear might only keep him out 3-to-6 weeks. Elam had been competing with Will Hill for the starting strong safety position. The 23-year-old worked hard to get in shape this offseason, cutting his body fat to eight percent while weighing in at a career-low 202 pounds.
Aug 2 - 9:03 AM

Ravens DC Dean Pees said S Matt Elam is "having his best camp."

The Ravens have been talking up Elam’s conditioning this offseason. He’s playing faster and with better pursuit, but there are still concerns over his cover skills and open-field tackling. Elam led Baltimore with 16 missed tackles last year. Will Hill remains the heavy favorite to start opposite FS Kendrick Lewis.
Jun 13 - 4:31 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says S Matt Elam has lost "eight pounds of fat."

Both Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome spent Tuesday talking up their third-year safety. "He's carrying himself with a lot more confidence," Newsome said. "I am looking forward to seeing what he can do on the field." Newsome also readily admitted the club was not satisfied with Elam's first two seasons. Elam should open the season no better than the Ravens' No. 3 safety.
May 12 - 6:36 PM

Ravens third-year S Matt Elam expects to have a breakout season.

Elam lost his starting job in the second half of last year, leading the Ravens with 16 missed tackles and grading out as a bottom-ten safety by PFF. He has dropped his weight in an effort to play faster. The 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Elam is entering a make-or-break year in 2015. Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis are projected to open the season as Baltimore's starters.
May 9 - 4:09 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome called out 2013 first-rounder Matt Elam on Tuesday, saying the safety "has" to be better in 2015.

"Matt Elam has to be a better player for us next year," Newsome said. "He has to be." Elam was benched in Week 12 last season, and finished the year with just 439 snaps to his name. He played 44-of-145 snaps in the playoffs. With Will Hill locked in at free safety, Elam will face competition for strong-safety duties in camp.
Feb 24 - 2:33 PM

Ravens SS Matt Elam has been benched.

With Will Hill commanding more snaps with his play, it's Elam, and not Darian Stewart, who's seen a reduction in playing time. Elam played a career-low 15 snaps in Week 10, with all 15 coming as a "penny nickel." It's a role that treats Elam as a run stopper in the Ravens' nickel package. It's been a deserved benching for the 2013 first-rounder, who has been amongst the league's worst safeties. Hill has always played at a high level, but seen his career derailed by suspensions.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Ravens S Matt Elam is expected to move to strong safety in 2014.

Elam was asked to play out of position at free safety in his rookie season, and he certainly struggled at times. Darian Stewart will battle speedy third-round selection Terrence Brooks to start at free safety, with Anthony Levine and Omar Brown also in the mix. There's a lot to like about Elam from an IDP standpoint.
Fri, May 16, 2014 03:21:00 PM

The Ravens are expected to move second-year S Matt Elam to strong safety in 2014.

Elam played out of position at free safety as a rookie because James Ihedigbo was entrenched as the strong safety and free-agent flop FS Michael Huff was benched after two weeks. Ihedigbo is a free agent, and the Ravens need to find a ball-hawking, centerfield-type safety to pair with Elam. Playing closer to the line of scrimmage should be a plus for Elam's 2014 IDP outlook.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 09:02:00 AM

The Ravens officially benched FS Michael Huff for first-rounder Matt Elam.

Elam hasn't gotten off to a roaring start, but Huff's been a mini-disaster through two games, particularly in Week 1 against Denver. Huff should still see a decent amount of snaps as the Ravens' third safety.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 03:15:00 PM

Ravens signed first-round SS Matt Elam to a four-year, $6.767 million contract.

Elam, who negotiated his deal without an agent, gets a $3.301 million signing bonus as the final pick of the first round. He'll step right in as the starting strong safety for the defending Super Bowl champs and is expected to give the defense more versatility than Bernard Pollard could. Elam is capable of holding his own in the slot as a cover safety.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Ravens first-round SS Matt Elam is "picking up the defense fast."

Elam has impressed at mandatory minicamp and is fully expected to start as a rookie. "He’s tough, he’s fast, he gets football," secondary coach Teryl Austin said. "I think he is going to be a fine player for us soon."
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:39:00 AM

According to the Baltimore Sun, first-round SS Matt Elam played with "obvious confidence" in Ravens rookie minicamp.

Elam lined up at free safety, and was "intercepting passes and barking out defensive signals." Coach John Harbaugh came away impressed. "Matt really picked things up quickly," he said. "He really did a nice job of communicating in the back end which isn't usual for a rookie. ... He was very forceful back there and played fast. He looked good." Elam will start as a rookie.
Mon, May 6, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Ravens selected Florida S Matt Elam with the No. 32 overall pick.

The final pick of the first round should start opposite Michael Huff after the Ravens moved on from Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard. Elam (5-foot-9 7/8, 208) made 26 starts for the Gators, logging 23.5 career tackles for loss, six picks and three forced fumbles. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at the Combine, and posted a 35.5-inch vertical leap. Elam offers top-notch ball skills, and is a striker in the run game. He garnered pre-draft comparisons to Bob Sanders for his size and physicality. Elam covered slot receivers in Florida's nickel defense, but will struggle to match up with much taller NFL tight ends.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:44:00 PM

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