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Belichick Holds Lardarius Webb in High Regard

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(Credits: John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The New England Patriots have their eyes set on a number of players on the Baltimore Ravens defense heading into Sunday’s game

And Lardarius Webb’s name is front and center.

Webb had a career-year for Baltimore, growing into a multi-talented player that has helped the Ravens in a number of ways. He has become a renowned pass defender who can make plays, and the Patriots will have to account for him when the team two teams do battle in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

Webb’s five interceptions led the team in the regular season and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held Webb in high esteem when he addressed reporter’s at the team’s practice on Friday.

“Webb is a real good athlete,” Belichick said, via CSNBaltimore.com. “He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s a tough kid. Not the biggest guy, but he’s strong and he tackles well. He definitely will throw his body around in there and be physical, which you don’t see from every corner.”

Belichick talked about how Webb really seems to have a nose for the ball, a trait that most good cornerbacks seem to have.

Webb showed off his skills when he came up with two clutch interceptions in last week’s 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional-round of the playoffs.

The Patriots, who have receivers like Wes Welker and talented tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez plus a future hall of famer at quarterback in Tom Brady, will test Webb and the rest of the Baltimore secondary throughout the course of Sunday’s contest.

But Belichick respects what Webb can do.

“He’s got good ball skills…obviously has good hands and has real good ball skills,” Belichick said. “He’s made some real good plays on the ball down the field. He’s got real good quickness and can run.”