Wake-up caw: Webb more confident in knee

Cornerback Lardarius Webb, who had anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his left knee in 2012, told The Baltimore Sun that he feels fine now.

"By the end of the year, my knee was feeling a lot better," Webb said. "I was able to run and cut and do everything I wanted to do. I had so much more confidence and trust in the knee."

After an up-and-down 2013 season, Webb has to prove he's a top-notch cornerback in this league. His salary cap increases to $11 million in 2015, and the Ravens could save $4 million by cutting him. Webb's play will dictate what the Ravens do with the 28-year-old defender.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...

  • John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, is now thinking the Ravens could take a defensive player in the first round. "If they were to land a safety, that would mean they had spent three first-round picks on the secondary in the past four years, quite a concentration in one area," Eisenberg wrote. "But with so many teams throwing the ball more than ever, stocking up on quality pass defenders is hardly the worst idea. I can think of another team that did it recently -- the Seattle Seahawks. They did OK."

  • Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, believes wide receiver Marlon Brown will avoid a sophomore slump. "Brown exceeded expectations last season, but his career has just begun," Clifton Brown wrote. "Brown earned his playing time last season. Expect him to return hungry for more."

  • Running back Terrance West, a Baltimore native who played at Towson University, posted on Twitter that he's working out for the Ravens on Monday morning. West is projected to go in the third round. The Ravens, who are looking to add young depth at running back, are expected to take a running back in this year's draft.