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DeShon Elliott Making Strides in Second Season

June 13, 2019 - 9:04 am

By Joe Schiller

DeShon Elliott's rookie season ended before it even began. 

As a rookie in 2018, Elliott suffered a fractured forearm in the Ravens' Week 3 preseason game against the Dolphins. Elliott was placed on season-ending injured reserve and missed the entire season. 

Less than one year removed from injury and disappointment, the second-year safety is making strides early in the offseason. Last week Elliott reportedly made one of the top plays of OTAs, diving to intercept Robert Griffin III. 

It caught the attention of the media in attendance. 

Elliott snagged another interception on a pass intended for undrafted receiver Sean Modster in yesterday's mandatory minicamp practice.

Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson are the established starters at safety, but Defensive Coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale ackowledged that it's going to be hard not to find a place for Elliott. 

“To me, he’s just picked up where he left off right before he got hurt, and it’s just going to be another fun piece," Martindale said. "We play a bunch of different personnel and everything else. I know we have two really good safeties right now, but we can … We’ll find spots for the good football players, and obviously, specials teams plays a big part in that.”

With Martdinale's elaborate defensive scheme, Elliott is in luck. Four safeties - Eric Weddle, Jefferson, Anthony Levine, and Chuck Clark played at least 252 defensive snaps last season. 

It's still early and pads haven't even been strapped on, but Elliott's range is intriguing and the young safety could make a significant impact this season.