Adapting to the playing conditions in Denver is proven to be difficult. Newly-signed safety Darian Stewart isn't concerned by that one bit, according to ESPN.com. Broncos strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson warns all the new arrivals that is that athletic life a mile above sea level is very different and much drier than other locations. Stewart got the picture. "You dehydrate pretty quickly, so you definitely have to stay hydrated," Stewart said. "Being up here and getting acclimated to the weather has been good. It's going to help me when we go down south to wherever we have to play at." Regardless of the new conditions, Stewart, who started 14 games last season for the Ravens, believes he will be the top guy at his position when the season rolls around. "It's my position, it's my position to lose," Stewart said. "When I line up, I feel like at this level you've got to have confidence. When I signed here, I knew it was my job … I'm feeling well. Last year I was feeling well and it's all about just staying consistent.'' Stewart recorded 53 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 16 games last season.
The Broncos have signed safety Darian Stewart to a two-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website. He's projected to replace Rahim Moore, who left Denver for Houston. Stewart, 26, started 14 of 16 games last season for the Ravens, registering 56 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. He has tallied 149 total tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 24 passes defensed and four interceptions over his five years in the league.
With the No. 79 pick in the NFL Draft, the Ravens selected safety Terrence Brooks from Florida State. This is the second year in a row the Ravens have addressed safety in the draft when they selected Matt Elam in the first round in 2013. Brooks should challenge Darian Stewart for the starting job at free safety this season. He started 13 games for the Seminoles in 2013 and posted a stat line of 56-5-2 with eight tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles.
The Ravens are set to sign free agent strong safety Darian Stewart, per the Baltimore Sun. Stewart was an active reserve with St. Louis in 2013, though he did make four starts. He finished the season with 36 tackles and five passes defensed. His signing marks the end of the Ravens career for fellow strong safety James Ihedigbo, who could be headed to Detroit.
Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan (eye), defensive back Matt Giordano (thigh), running back Chase Reynolds (knee) and defensive back Darian Stewart (foot), who were all listed on Friday's injury report, are active for Week 12 against Chicago.