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Ravens rookie safety Elam making steady progress

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 4:57pm  ET

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam chases the action during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Baltimore. Elam is receiving on-the-job training during his rookie season with the Ravens, taking over for Ed Reed as the starting free safety for the defending Super Bowl champions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam is getting comfortable.

Elam is making fewer mistakes than he was when he first took over as Baltimore's starting free safety in Week 2. But the first-round pick has yet to produce any of the big plays he delivered on such a consistent basis as a Gator.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday, "Every week it looks like he's in better position, seeing more things. He's making better decisions back there every week. But they're going to test him" this week.

The Ravens play at Cleveland on Sunday.

Harbaugh says Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner "is going to come at him with some new under, over, bend-away-type route that's going to challenge him, and he's going to have to do a good job."


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