Baltimore Ravens’ rookie safety Matt Elam is known for being a fantastic college safety, who could deliver huge hits and had a knack for making the big play defensively. That’s why they Ravens tabbed Elam to replace future Hall-of-Fame safety Ed Reed and selected him with the last pick of the first round in this year’s draft.
In his rookie season, Elam has made 51 tackles, defended two passes and recovered two fumbles.
Elam and the Ravens’ secondary will face one of their biggest challenges of the season when they take on the Detroit Lions and Calvin Johnson on Monday night.
Elam, when asked about Johnson, proved that he doesn’t answer questions quite as well as he hits opposing wide receivers.
“He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam told the Associated Press. “He’s a big guy, but he’s older.”
Johnson is actually only 28 years old, just six years older than Elam. The 6’5, 238 lb. Johnson is all in the middle of another monster season. He has 75 receptions for 1,348 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Not bad for an old guy, eh?