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Matt Elam | Defensive Back | #26

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (32) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Ravens contract-year S Matt Elam believes 2016 might be his last chance to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Elam has been a bust through three seasons. The Ravens chose not to exercise his fifth-year option, making this a contract year for the 25-year-old. "I didn't live up to what I wanted to live up to," said Elam. "This is it, do or die, winner take all. Every day is a championship game for me." With Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb ahead of him on the depth chart at safety, Elam may not have many chances to prove himself in 2016. Jun 14 - 8:34 AM

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The Ravens will not exercise S Matt Elam's fifth-year team option for 2017.

Benched players don't get their option years exercised. Elam was sent to the pine in 2014 before missing all of 2015 with a torn biceps. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Elam is left off the 53-man roster, but his draft pedigree and age (25 in September) give him the inside track.
May 2 - 2:42 PM

The Ravens aren't expected to exercise S Matt Elam's fifth-year team option for 2017.

Not only would it be a "surprise" if they did, ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley calls Elam the "biggest first-round bust" in team history. Elam missed a boatload of tackles in 2014 and a couple in a key Divisional Round loss to the Patriots while grading out as one of the worst safeties at PFF. Elam hasn't shown an ability to cover or tackle and missed all of 2015 with a torn biceps.
Apr 13 - 9:29 AM

NFL suspended S Matt Elam one game for violating the substance abuse policy.

Elam will serve the game on I.R. He's expected to be fully healthy for Baltimore's offseason program. A disappointment his first three seasons, Elam is entering a make-or-break 2016.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Ravens placed S Matt Elam, OLB Steven Means, TE Allen Reisner, and CB Chris Greenwood on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

Elam tore his biceps early in training camp and will miss all of his third NFL season. He was ineffective at both slot corner and safety in 2014.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 06:26:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 10:59:00 AM

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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 07:05:00 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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 09:03:00 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.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 04:31:00 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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 06:36:00 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.
Sat, May 9, 2015 04:09:00 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.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 02:33:00 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

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