Ravens' Webb: Brown is better than Wallace

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The first question asked to Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was about defending Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Lardarius Webb

Lardarius Webb

#21 CB
Baltimore Ravens

2011 STATS

  • Tot38
  • Solo31
  • Ast7
  • FF1
  • Sack0.5
  • Int2

You know, the Mike Wallace who is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards (800) and has caught a pass covering at least 40 yards in six of his past seven games. Wallace is considered one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL, but Webb is more worried about someone else.

"Every time somebody asks me [a question], they're always talking about Mike Wallace. But they have a guy No. 84 in Antonio Brown who is better than 17 [Wallace] in all aspects of the game," Webb said. "He's a great returner, a great wide receiver."

Of course, Webb might be a little biased. Brown beat Webb for a 58-yard pass last year, the critical late play in the Ravens' divisional playoff loss at Pittsburgh.

It will be interesting to see what happens when Wallace lines up against Webb on Sunday night, when the Ravens play at Heinz Field. In the season opener, Wallace had eight catches for 107 yards against the Ravens.

"He's played beyond expectations," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Wallace. "He's fast. He's a route-runner. He's got good hands. He's a game-breaker type of guy."

Webb didn't limit his shots to Wallace. He gave a nice jab to Hines Ward, too, when he expressed his admiration for Emmanuel Sanders, who is filling in for the injured Ward.

"They're actually a better team with 88 [Sanders] than with Hines Ward," Webb said. "They're very dangerous without Hines."

"I guess Hines slows them down," Webb said before laughing. "I'm just playing."