Ravens strong safety
was rewarded this month with a contract extension, a deal that can keep him in Baltimore through 2015. Pollard made 75 tackles and broke up a career-high 13 passes in 2011, his first season here, but he insists his attitude and his play won’t change now that he has a new deal.
“This is a blessing for me. You hear so many times when guys get extensions and they don’t play the same, they don’t do the same thing, they don’t have the same hunger,” Pollard said
. “I stay hungry. I play with chips on my shoulders. Playing with these guys is truly an honor.”
Pollard, 27, was referring to all his Ravens teammates but was later asked specifically about
. He made sure to point out that these were, in fact, voluntary. But he said players such as inside linebacker
and free safety
have earned the right to skip these voluntary OTAs, and he has no doubt that those guys
During Wednesday’s media-friendly practice, Pollard assumed his spot with the first-team defense. Veteran safety
, who will also be counted on to contribute on special teams, often took Reed's spot at free safety.
and second-year player
manned the two cornerback spots as
, who is still working his way back from offseason hip surgery, watched from the sideline.
This offseason, Webb boasted that the Ravens had the
’s best secondary, but there has been a good bit of roster turnover after the talented nickel-package quintet. Safeties
are gone, opening up opportunities for rookie safety
, along with second-year players such as
Pollard praised general manager
and the team’s front office for putting together what he feels is another championship-caliber team. And Pollard, who is a favorite of reporters for his willingness to tell you
, sounds eager to silence the team’s critics.