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Mitchell to start at free safety over Demps

Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has an aversion to declaring starters. At least, in the traditional sense of the word. His reasoning is based on how he considers a player a starter if they are the first option in any given situation. If, say, a defensive back plays when the offense features three wideouts, two running backs, two tight ends or is called upon in nickel and dime duty, then Billick calls him a starter.

In the wake of free safety Anthony Mitchell replacing rookie Will Demps at the end of the Ravens' 27-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Billick wouldn't tip his hand on who will begin Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. "We have confidence in both," Billick said. "Mitchell played very well last week and Demps has played very well all year." Regardless of Billick's noncommittal...

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