Q&A with Gary Baxter

Name: Gary Baxter Position: Cornerback College: Baylor Measurables: 6-foot-2, 204 pounds Age: 23 Hometown: Tyler, Texas Acquired: Baxter was drafted in the second round by the Ravens in the 2001 NFL Draft with the 62nd overall selection. Resume: Earlier this season, Baxter had been slowed by a hamstring injury, but he's fairly healthy now. He recorded a career-high six tackles in a 25-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has eight for the season.

Last season, Baxter played in six games and was limited to eight special teams tackles as he battled injuries and an experienced lineup. An all-Big 12 selection and Jim Thorpe Award semi-finalist at Baylor, Baxter finished his career with 202 tackles, six interceptions and a school-record 50 pass deflections.

Role against Denver: Baxter will start at left cornerback opposite veteran Chris McAlister and try to match up with talented Denver wide receivers Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey, who have a combined 22 receptions for 259 yards and three touchdowns. He'll also be called up to assist in run support against Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson and Clinton Portis as well as keep an eye out for former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Ravens Insider: "What does it mean to you to play a Monday night football game?"

Baxter: "I think that's what you dream about. To get to this level and have this opportunity is very special. Ideally, I'll make a lot of plays, contribute to the team and help us win."

Ravens Insider: "Did your mother tell you to be patient about not rushing back from the injuries?"

Baxter: "She's been saying that and so have I. I have faith in God that things would work out one way or another. I don't spend a lot of time worrying over things I don't have control over."

Ravens Insider: "How big a challenge do Smith and McCaffrey present?"

Baxter: "It's going to be a big challenge each week because you're playing against starting receivers in the NFL. You have to take your hat off to these guys. Each week, you try to prepare for your opponent regardless of size and speed and try to make plays. They'll bring their ‘A' game and we'll bring our ‘A' game. I've got a good, comfortable feeling."

Ravens Insider: "Will you be matched more often on McCaffrey or Smith?"

Baxter: "Probably, McCaffrey depending on our lineup. I'll go against both of them during the game."

Ravens Insider: "What makes the Broncos so successful on offense besides having so much ability at their disposal?"

Baxter: "They set up their passes real well with runs and with play-action. They also come right at you with maximum protection and two-man routes. They do a lot of great things with their wideouts, backs and quarterback and that's why they're so successful."

Ravens Insider: "Are you hoping they'll underestimate you?"

Baxter: "I know they're going to come after me. If I didn't expect that, I would be in trouble. When they do, I have to take advantage and capitalize."

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